February 1st, 2017 is the day also known as "No Politics Day".
Whenever you wait for the bus, turn on the news, go to a bar, and especially log into social media, POLITICS and arguing is everywhere. Is there a way we could all escape the chaos?! Today is the day where our wishes may be granted. In honor of this day so that we may all live happier lives, let us all try to get along, show empathy, or learn how to accept opposing differences. Yes, No Politics Day may be over the next day, but here are some useful tips to understand and take in to lessen the arguing and become more open to other viewpoints. Explore this blog on "How to Tolerate Other Opinions".
Empathy is the act of putting yourself in another's shoes. In order to grow as a person, it is important we all understand we are all not cookie-cutter stencil human beings. We are all different, experience different situations, grow up in different socioeconomic statuses, etc. Try understanding the other person from how they view the world. Yes, it can be difficult as your own experiences may shape the way you view another's experience, such as "hard work leads to success", but it is very important you don't impose your experiences to shape your empathetic mindset. This way, you are able to feel either fortunate, or that your viewpoint is strengthened, or it can change. Either way, that is a sign of personal growth.
2. Educate, not Emotions
Make sure that you are always educating yourself, whether it is about your opinion or another's opinion. Telling someone they are wrong based on how you FEEL is not in fact a fact. Secondly, don't fear you can be wrong. As mentioned, right or wrong, you will grow from this experience.
3. Leave Arrogance at the Door
Whether politics or personal taste in music, just because you may not like something, doesn't mean people who do are wrong. Making people feel what they like is bad is definitely negative and pushing toward arrogance that "you know best". Arrogance or the inability to listen can ruin friendships and family relations, which is not worth a simple dispute. Think to yourself: is what I am arguing about worth ending a special relationship?
It is always difficult to change the way you have viewed something/someone, especially when you get older. But always think: Is the way you think affecting your current success or delaying your success? In this way, hearing different opinions can really open your eyes to seeing life from a different spectrum.
5. R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what that means to me
Respect is key. You do not have to agree, but respecting someone and their opinion is your best shot and avoiding any problems. Don't force your viewpoints on another, as others should not to you meaning "agree to disagree". Respecting other's opinions shows maturity and understanding that it is OK to have opinions. That is what makes us who we are as individuals.
Now, are you ready to go out in the world and be more accepting, loving, and understanding? We hope so!