All of us have to deal with “difficult” people from time to time, whether it is at work, in our family or in our circle of friends. And while we can’t control what others do or say, we have a lot of control over how much we let their behaviour influence our happiness. Richard Broome, PhD explains.
8 Tips to deal with “difficult” people
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius shared tips on dealing with “difficult” people in his “Meditations”.
1. Set your expectations straight – see people the way they are rather than the way we want them to be. Our expectations deeply influence our emotions.
2. Let it go – people’s opinions of us don’t change who we are. If we can control our response to others, then others can’t hurt us
3. Remember our common humanity – give people the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t intend to hurt you.
4. Take action – waste no time thinking what a good man (or woman 🙂 should be. Be one.
5. Overcome envy – If you envy what you don’t have, you’ll never be free.
6. Find happiness within yourself instead of by trying to obtain what others have.
“It centers you. There is just a peaceful joy that comes over you.” – Jennifer Aniston, public figure.
7. Laugh more to reduce stress.
8. Meditate to find happiness within
Watch this video to see actor Hugh Jackman. He explains how TM helped him and his family find more inner happiness.
We react more to people when we are less self-secure. Transcendental Meditation can help us to increase our self-security. It helps to remove accumulated stress from the past. It helps to increase our inner happiness and our confidence. It reduces the power others have to make us feel bad.
About the author
Richard Broome PhD is an experienced authorised TM teacher. Before that he was a military and airline pilot, investment analyst and management consultant. He helps people connect with themselves, to help relieve stress and improve health and energy levels.
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How to deal with difficult people and find happiness within. Watch the video