When first drafting, I tend to "soften" my characters' actions by using quantifiers. I don't do it as often as I used to, but it's still something I have to watch. I always have plenty to edit out in revisions.
If you have no clue what I'm talking about, let me give you a few examples:
• "Don't touch that!" he almost yelled. (ALMOST? You either yell or you don't, right?)
• She bounced a little. She scowled a little. She smiled a little. (Has she done anything A LOT? Do I really need to point out the amount? She smiled—the end.)
• He nearly ran to the door. (Could he just run? Or jog maybe? Ooo, sprint? What the heck is a "near run"?)
It's a disease, I tell you. It's like I don't want to force my characters to commit to their actions. Every time I take one of these babies out, the prose is instantly stronger and it reads less wishy-washy. Who wants to read a book where characters almost save the day, kiss a little, and nearly live happily ever after? That sounds like a serious downer.