|by Margot Silk Forrest author of A Short Course in Kindness
A lot of us have difficulty saying “No.” This list, offered with compassion and a little humor, will help you get comfortable with turning people down, refusing to answer nosy or offensive questions, asking people to stop doing something you don’t like, and telling others you disagree them.
As you develop your “No” muscles, see if you can shift from saying “I can’t” to forthrightly saying “I won’t.” Also try exchanging “I don’t want you to…” for “Don’t.” You will feel vastly more empowered — and have more time for self-kindness and kindness to others when you do.
When Someone Asks You To Do Something For Them or With Them
When Someone Does, Asks, or Says or Asks Something Invasive
When Someone Says Something You Disagree With
Copyright © 2003 by Margot Silk Forrest