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5. They Keep A Closed Mind

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Life is more exciting and rewarding when you keep an open mind. By this I mean, when you are willing to receive new and different information, especially when it contradicts what’s pre-existing in your mind.

Most of us are raised with a set of values and beliefs that we hold dear to our hearts, and sometimes it can be difficult to be truly open to ideas, experiences, beliefs or opinions that challenge our own. Approaching life in the same old way may feel safe and comfortable, but in the long run, it’s downright boring, frustrating and robs you of your happiness and the opportunity to grow into a better person.

But, at the end of the day, only you have the power to choose whether you want to live this life with a closed mind or an open one. Selecting the latter will expand your intellectual capability and broaden your experiences, making you more interesting and fun to be around. When you embrace open-mindedness you’ll also be able to have:

  • Deeper and more meaningful relationships because you’re not quick to draw conclusions about people. When you accept people for who they are, you’ll have a greater ability to love and be loved.
  • Less stress because you’re more open to change.
  • Better problems solving skills because you’re willing to consider several other ways to deal with an issue.
  • More energy to focus on your family, health, work and other important things in your life.
  • You’ll also be more tolerant and patient with other people because you’re open to the fact that they may have a valid reason for feeling or behaving the way they do.
  • Freedom and happiness – When you let go of your limiting thoughts, you’ll be more open try new, exciting things, which will make your life richer, happier and more meaningful.

Are you ready to take action? Here are some useful tips that can help you cultivate an open mind:

Mix Up Your Routine

Routines are great for bringing stability and order to your life. However, if you want to have a more open mind, you should consider mixing it up once in a while. For instance, instead of going straight home after school or work, try hanging out with your friends or co-workers instead. You’ll be surprised by how fast you’ll start seeing the world in a new, different way.

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Broaden Your Horizons

To be more open-minded, you have to be willing to broaden your horizons in any way you can. One of the ways to do so is by educating yourself on other people’s cultures, languages, customs, etc. Being more educated will make you see things differently, besides helping you to be more open to other people’s opinions.

Pick Up A New Hobby

Try a completely new hobby. This can be hiking, karate, yoga or any other activity you don’t know much about and have never thought of trying. This is a great way to meet new, interesting people and expand your social network. The more you interact with different people from different backgrounds, the faster you’ll learn to look at the world in a whole, new way.

All in all, when you can keep an open mind and look objectively at all options in every situation, you’ll open up a whole, new realm of possibilities. Enjoy the energy and vibrancy of your new, colorful world. It’s there for the taking.

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  • Unfortunately … without realizing, some people appear to derive some satisfaction from complaining. We all know… that person that always talks about the abuses in life they continue to suffer and you just can’t move them from that focus even if you take different approaches like empathy, silent listening (sounding board), or even just trying to joke to make things lighter. They ‘love’ and seem happy complaining about something, anything. It’s a habit that’s ingrained and second nature. Personally when I catch myself complaining I try not to make it worse by beating myself up for worsening my mood by my own frustrated complaints. I’m not perfect and I try to move on by tuning out what’s bugged me. Reading, meditating, listening to music and even changing directions, if in traffic, helps. After all, situations will always change. When in a better place I’m am grateful, even for my complaining friends and family as they provide the contrast that I learn from about myself. Imho.

  • Primarily, I think that it’s because they’ve created from all those experiences, an identity of themselves as who they see themselves to be. They are terrified of loosing this identity because after all, who will they be? It’s like a program that has been written in their subconscious mind from all their collective negative experiences. For some people it takes ongoing and consistent re-conditioning of the mind, but Interestingly enough, for many others it takes a traumatic experience that breaks the programming, it shatters the old paradigm, making room for a new one.

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