What do you do when someone says something that is the opposite of your own point of view? Do you run in the opposite direction or do you listen closely? It’s easier to
Can you listen to that one idea that is different from the others or that challenges your beliefs?
keep your mind closed when a co-worker, family member or friend starts discussing an idea that challenge your beliefs or assumptions. While it’s harder to bring an open mind to a conversation, bringing a closed mind sacrifices the gift of the friendship. Bringing an open mind says you want to understand the ideas and beliefs that are important to the other person. Continue reading
“Have I reached the person to whom I am speaking?”
~Lily Tomlin, as Ernestine
When was the last time you had a good long laugh that made your sides ache and yet you couldn’t stop?
Credit Chris Huggins/flickr creative commons.
Laughing is one of life’s greatest pleasures and is a marvelous gift to give to yourself. You probably already know about the health benefits that come from laughing, such as the deep breathing and muscle relaxation you experience when you laugh. You probably know that laughing helps you forget about your troubles, even if only for a few short minutes and can help you bring perspective to a difficult situation. Continue reading
Have you ever known someone who treats someone, or everyone, as though no one ever gets a second chance?
Do you close the relationship and lock out a person who has disappointed you or do you grant a second chance when it has been earned? Kevin May, photographer
They simply slam the door on anyone who has fallen from grace by admitting to infidelity in a relationship, lawbreaking, an addiction to an unhealthy lifestyle, or even holding a contrary point of view. Continue reading