Keeping quiet isn’t always easy, and depending on who you are, it might be seemingly impossible.
Often, staying quiet is a great way to maintain internal peace. No matter how difficult it is to hold your tongue back, here are 12 scenarios when you should ALWAYS avoid saying anything:
1 – Arguments about politics
Politics is a touchy subject for many people. When these people get started debating on a political issue, it’s best to just stay out of it. It’s not something we are ever going to agree on. We don’t have to agree in order to be civil. Whether you disagree with someone or not, it’s wise to avoid the argument.
2 – Arguments about religion
Religion is another subject that the entire world is never going to agree upon. We all have our reasons for practicing the religion of our choice, and thankfully in many countries we also have legal right to do so. So trying to convince everyone that a certain religion is best, is typically a waste of breath.
3 – When others are purposely trying to provoke you
Some people don’t care at all about what they’re preaching, they only want to spark a reaction from others. Just keep quiet around these foolish people. Never give what they desire by taking part in their discussion.
4 – When others are gossiping
Gossip is never a good idea. Even if you and your best friend are alone on a desert island, gossip only causes harm to everyone being discussed and everyone doing the discussing.
5 – When someone is “throwing a fit”
This includes not only young children, but also adults. Grown individuals are sometimes prone to ridiculous, over-the-top, tantrums. Don’t let whatever insults leave these people’s mouths to offend you. Be rational while they’re being irrational.
6 – Arguments about a TV Show, Movie, or other forms of Media
If it’s not a conversation that’s involving life and death, don’t allow yourself argue about it. We are all free to enjoy or despise any type of television, music, or pop culture item that we want to. Arguing over such things is just ignorant.
7 – Disputes between family members
Don’t get yourself into a position where you are forced to choose sides between two family members. Families fight and make up all the time. Stay neutral and let them work their own issues out.
8 – Disputes between couples
Again, having to choose a side is never a good position to be in. Their issues are their business alone. Don’t get involved.
9 – If you don’t have all the information
Unless all the details are known and out in the open, keep quiet. You don’t want to make a judgement call without having accurate facts.
10 – When others are feeling strong emotions
Sadness, anger, disappointment, and even happiness can lead people to do and say some insane things. Let them get all the adrenaline out of their systems and calm down before having any serious discussions.
11 – If you are feeling strong emotion
We tend to say things we don’t mean when we’re running on high emotion. Calm down before blurting out statements that you might later regret.
12 – If you have nothing positive to say
It’s the rule that your parents and teachers always preached but rarely followed themselves: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This should be the golden rule.
Keep your dignity, and maintain your inner peace by staying quiet. The high ground is a nice place to be during these 12 uncomfortable situations. Have a great day free of arguments and heated discussions.
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