Do you pride yourself on your critical or analytic ability? Love poking holes in every theory? Mental sharpness is a valuable skill, but if you're constantly resisting what others tell or ask of you, you may be doing yourself a disservice. "It's surprising how often our disagreement with another person is actually unimportant and only serves to increase our distress and the suffering of those around us," writes physician and Buddhist monk Jan Chosen Bays, M.D., in her book How to Train a Wild Elephant. "Saying yes can be energizing, since habitual resistance is a persistent drain on our life energy."
To gauge how much energy you spend on resisting others' ideas, aim to answer "yes" to any request made of you in the next 24 hours. If it's something you can't agree to -- such as a child's request to jump on the furniture -- try to honor the spirit of what's asked of you and redirect it toward something acceptable, like a hopping contest down the hall.
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