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How to Stop Caring What Others Think

The more you can stop caring about what others think, the more you can start to enjoy your own life.

How to Stop Caring What Others Think

I know – easier said than done. But I’m sticking with it. The more you can stop caring about what others think, the more you can start to enjoy your own life.

No more second guessing if you should do something when you know you should. Less sleepless nights worrying about others’ opinions. No more living life half-heartedly according to other people’s ways.

Instead, you do things that give you joy. You make choices that fuel your fulfillment. You design the life that you want that makes you glow with the type of positive energy that rubs off on everyone around you.

Now don’t get me wrong here. It’s ok for people to want to give their advice and tips to you – it’s a natural part of human nature. It’s ok to listen to what people have to say as some of them might genuinely be trying to help you. You might even be asking for feedback and opinions to make a more informed decision, and hence their comments are very welcome.

But it’s not ok for people to aggressively share their opinions without thinking about how it affects the person on the receiving end. It’s not ok for them to expect you to nod your head and simply say yes to make them happy. That, I think, is just silly. And that is when you really have to stop caring what others think.

Here’s why:

1. It’s your life and hence your business – not theirs.

Everyone has a right to an opinion – both you and everyone else. However, when it comes to your life, only your opinion and your view matter. You’re the only one who needs to make peace with your choices.

 

2. You know what’s best for you – not them.

You know yourself best. Nobody can argue with that. You know what makes you feel good, what inspires you, and what dreams you want to go after. Because of that, you know best what works best for you.

 

3. It’s impossible to please everybody.

Try living life according to someone else’s terms and you’ll quickly realize it’s impossible. Why? Because there are about 100 people to please and they are all asking you to do something different. Hence, there’s no point even trying to please anyone except you. If you’re happy, people around you will be happier too.

 

4. You’re stuck with the end result.

That’s right. If you make decisions or choices based on other people’s opinions even when they don’t feel right to you, you’re stuck with the end result yet nobody else is. And then, you have nobody else to blame but yourself. Lesson learned: don’t listen to others. Listen to your inner guidance instead.

 

5. You, your life, and your choices are not responsible for other people’s happiness.

You are not responsible for anyone’s happiness but your own. You are not responsible for making choices that other people want you to make in order to fuel their happiness. The only person’s happiness you’re responsible for is your own.

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Written by Susanna Halonen

Susanna, also known as The Happyologist, is an author, philosopher and keynote speaker. She is on a mission to help you to connect to your inner truth so you can live it fully and boldly. She mixes the science of positive psychology, life coaching, philosophy, and cultural insights to help you to kill your self-doubt, embrace positive thinking, and build a lifestyle you love. She is the author of Happiness is Here and Screw Finding Your Passion. She is also a published researcher, a TEDx speaker, an online columnist, and a regular commentator in the media from the BBC to The Huffington Post and more. You can find out more about her at Happyologist.co.uk.

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