How to be Brazilian in 5 easy steps

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They say that Brazil’s best attraction are its people. I have a German friend that, given the chance, would rather be amongst Brazilians. When I asked him why, he answered that he likes “the way they behave”. That observation made me scratch my head: what exactly is the Brazilian attitude towards life? After some thinking, I have come up with five crucial steps:

1. Don’t plan (too much)
Planning can be very useful, but don’t let it keep you from enjoying the moment. Spend more hours at the beach, stay longer at a party than you expected to, and, most importantly, leave the watch at home!

2. Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!
Be open to physical  contact. A hug, a kiss on the cheek, touching hands are all gestures that Brazilians will naturally do to someone they just met. Communication is not only done through speech. Gestures, faces, a look into the eyes, will make people know that you are interested in what they are saying.

3. Learn how to improvise

Great things come from improvisation. Don’t stop yourself from doing what you want to do just because you don´t have all of the ingredients. Brazilian creativity generally comes from adversity. If you don’t have a football, craft your own out of old socks. Flip flops determine where the goal should be and you will have as much fun as you would on an official field. It might seem chaotic in the beginning, but the constant exercise of doing things in a different way will spark your creativity.

4. Friendliness before accuracy
Brazilians don’t like to say no. During an argument, we might smile and avoid disagreements to not seem rude. To avoid conflict, we keep our opinions to ourselves. It might not be very efficient, but it will make it easier to get along with people that have very different views than yours.

5. The more, the merrier!
Can I bring a friend? It is very unlikely that a Brazilian will reply to that question with a no. Your regular friends are great people, but give strangers a chance! They might integrate very well with the party, and your friend list will just keep on growing.

Do you agree with the list? What would you add/take out? Leave a comment below:

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