All it takes is nixing some of your less-than-desirable social quirks.

Nodding and smiling are other key ways to convey warmth and competence, Halvorson says.

If you want people to think you're cold, or even angry at them, then doing the opposite and not reacting to what they're saying is certainly a good way to go about that.

Ignoring an invitation to commiserate

Misery really does love company.

One effective but often overlooked method of showing empathy and connecting with someone is simply by saying "I'm sorry," Halvorson says.

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