Day 17: Agree To Disagree

Not everyone needs to agree. This world is filled with so many choices and so many people with different preferences. How boring would it be if we all wanted and believed the same things?!

As the sayings go:
  • To each his own.
  • Different strokes for different folks.
  • Whatever floats your boat.
  • Live and let live.
It’s ok for us all to want and to believe different things. And the fact that we interact on a daily basis with people who have a variety of opinions allows us to more clearly understand our own preferences. Sometimes it’s tough to see how it could be possible, but we can co-exist and thrive alongside people who disagree with us.

How? My coworkers are crazy

It’s tough when you are in an environment where people don’t hold the same values and beliefs that you do. Whether it’s your coworkers, extended family, or even your immediate family, no matter how close to you that they are, you still have the ability to choose happiness. It may feel like they have the power to affect your life, but that’s not totally true. It’s your response to them that matters most. A big part of the “trick” is deciding that being happy is more important than being right.

Making health and fitness fun

Look at it this way, variety is the spice of life right? So, the sooner you can embrace that we all have our own way of doing things, the happier you will be. Relationships are so valuable and such an important part of being truly happy. Being right is overrated. This world is big enough for all of us. Instead of hanging onto anxiety or anger toward those that disagree with you, make peace with them (either verbally or in your head). By being more accepting of people for who they are and honoring their sometimes diverse opinions, you release a lot of tension and resentment within yourself (as well as that pesky need for control). This also includes honoring those that may not be offering you the same respect. Other people only have the power over you that you grant them, and really, the point in doing this is for you to be at peace. It really doesn’t matter whether they respect you or not. Your inner peace and happiness is directly related to you health, and the sooner you can be ok with the fact that people will disagree with you, the better your life will be.
Do you agree or disagree? Share your opinions below! Check out the entire Live Well 360 30-Day Challenge series.
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