Speaking Your Mind - Happiness Vlog

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Should we speak out and be true to ourselves, or hold back our thoughts? Watch this! Xo

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When we feel uncomfortable about something, should we say it or should we remain quiet?

So many of us feel like we have to suppress our opinions and thoughts, and that's not healthy because we don't feel good on the inside. Yet if we voice out loud what we think and feel, it really may come across as offensive or confrontational.

Communication isn't easy, especially when we want to remain true to ourselves and speak out, yet we also want to keep the peace and not rock the boat. But as with everything, there is a middle path, a place where we're being completely authentic with ourselves yet also completely aware of concepts like goodwill, respect and consideration.

This means that whilst we want to express every emotion we feel, we’re also aware that not every emotion needs to be expressed, because honestly, if we feel like screaming at the top of our lungs in a fit of temper, we don't actually do it. Not because we're suppressing it, but because we understand that the emotion is one that we would rather let go of, an emotion that we would rather rise above. 

So similarly, when we feel uncomfortable in any situation with people - whether it's about money or help or fairness, especially with friends or family members, it is worth taking the time to evaluate how we can approach the situation.

We don't ever suppress or ignore our emotions, but we can also remember that we have the ability to choose to rise above certain emotions, especially if we can focus on the big picture of what's important - goodwill, respect and love.

Being authentic to who we are doesn't mean we just show every emotion we feel and say, "Hey, I'm just being true to myself, if you take offense, that's your problem". 

We have to ask ourselves if saying something serves only ourselves, or can it also serve the other person? In any communication, we want to try to aim for a win-win, where it's not just relieving our own discomfort, but also to see how the other party can also feel good. That requires consideration and the ability to think beyond ourselves.

Being authentic is letting go of our ego and pride, to be generous and giving. That's who we are, underneath all the validation we seek and the pride we have. That's authenticity and the way to be happy, always.

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