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Saying No

5 Research-Based Ways To Say No During The Holidays

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Fortunately, there are ways to make saying "no" feel less uncomfortable. Below are research-based strategies for saying "no" (without ruffling too many feathers) in five different situations.

The Story Of My First And Favorite 'No'

Shonda Rhimes | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women
Shonda Rhimes

No is powerful. It's a big weapon to have in your arsenal. But it is a very tough weapon to deploy.

Learn to Say 'No' to Give Your Self More 'Yes' Time

Melanie Young | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

"No" is not always a negative. It can be a positive when it means giving yourself time to find balance and be more productive and creative. So learn to say "Yes" to the word "No" when it make sense.

3 Choices That Add Life to Your Life

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

In many ways this has been a fantastic year, but it has also been a year of deaths. Personally, we have experienced four deaths of human family member...

How to Say No With Love

Melissa Escaro | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Escaro

Many of us have a difficult time saying no, fearing that the other parties will be hurt, disappointed, angry, or feel less of us. Saying no with love is a simple, yet powerful way of communication that benefits both parties involved. Here are three steps you can take right away to say no with love.

Buried Under 'Yes'

Erin Parker | Posted 08.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Erin Parker

I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes, impossible to breathe away or hold back. I couldn't go into my classroom full of students and let them s...

You Don't Owe Anyone An Interaction

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Caroline Garnet McGraw

Will some people have hurt feelings if you decline their invitations and delete their messages? Probably. That's tough to accept, but the alternative is worse. Trying to manage other people's emotions while tuning out your own is exhausting. It harms your health and your relationships.

Why It's OK to Be the Bad Guy

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Kara Post-Kennedy

We teach our kids to share, especially with children who may have less than they do. We teach our kids to cooperate and compromise, especially if they have a tendency to bully for their own way.

How To Say No To Your Kids

Christine Carter | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Christine Carter

It is up to us parents to help our kids shift their perspective from the constant need for instant gratification to a deeper understanding of self-control.

The Power of One Magnificent Yes

Panache Desai | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

Yes is the essence of openness, freedom, and Divine love. Once you begin triumphantly saying yes, life flows, opportunities arise, and people appear that elevate your course and frequency forever.

Why I Walked Away From $65,000

Kate McCready | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

The moral of the story -- sometimes it pays to say no and walk away from the things that are not serving you. And when you do walk away -- reflect back, learn and take that knowledge forward with you for the rest of your journey.

She Said No to Being a Bridesmaid? It's Not Your Fault

Katie Dunne | Posted 04.15.2015 | Weddings
Katie Dunne

Your wedding day is one day in your life. Enjoy the planning with those who choose to say yes, and understand if there are some who choose to say no. Enjoy your time with the people you love the day of your wedding, no matter what they are wearing.

How to Say 'No' With Love

Yvonne Gustafson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Yvonne Gustafson

As a parent, you may hate to say no. Maybe you want to dodge the emotional reaction to your child hearing "no" or be your child's friend more than their parent in that moment. Yet, learning to say a quiet firm 'No' is a gift we give to our children and to ourselves.

Giving Without Getting Crushed

Tim McDonald | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

It's been a long time since I thought of give and take as an equation and balance. Just yesterday, I was reminded of how you can be taken advantage of when you are a "giver."

Four Different Ways to Say "No" and Still Keep Your Job

Jennifer V. Miller | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Jennifer V. Miller

Many people think they can't say "no" on the job. They tell me, "It's just not acceptable." They say it's because they work in a "can do" culture. Or, they work for a boss who is pure evil.

Codependency, the Power of No and the Power of Yes

Heather Martin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Heather Martin

You may think I am exaggerating, but saying no has a huge amount of power in it. The flip side of saying no to others is that you get to say yes to someone who is really important.. You.

Recipe for a Soulistic Life

Allison Dailey | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Dailey

We can't please everyone and we shouldn't even try. We don't have to attend every birthday party, baby shower, work event and argument we're invited to. Write down eight ways to say no, and keep the list handy. Saying no helps maintain focus and do what you really feel called to.

What Can You Stop Doing?

Megan Dalla-Camina | Posted 11.30.2014 | Women
Megan Dalla-Camina

How's your to-do list looking today? Lot's of really important stuff that you must get done to keep things moving on the work and home front? I get it. But what I would also like you think about is what can come off the list

Just Say No... To Your Kids

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

Why do we struggle so to say NO? We don't want our kids to be mad at us. We don't want to disappoint them. We don't want to sit in the blistering storm of their rage.

Are You a Pushover? Seven Ways to Get Deliberate in Your Life

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

If you allow yourself to be a pushover you are not honoring yourself, thereby you directly contribute to the erosion of your sense of self and your relationships. Love yourself. Here are seven ways to get deliberate and activate for yourself.

Dear Parents: You Can Say No

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

"You can say no," I find myself saying to family after family. Which is kind of an amazing thing to have to say, if you think about it

Thriving With the Gift of 'No'

Mari Lyles | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Mari Lyles

Silly grins, imaginary conversations, daydreams and night sweats rule the day drawing you further and further down your own vapid rabbit hole... where it really is easy to become lost if you're not very, very careful.

The Best Way to Say No (While Saving Your Sanity and Your Soul)

Susan Harrow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Susan Harrow

Have you ever said yes to someone and then immediately regretted it? Saying no isn't always easy, but in the long run, it's always easier than living with the pain of a yes that you shouldn't have given.

The 5 Most Important Words In Parenting

Joshua Wayne | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

Any time you allow a child to get away with a certain behavior, the message you're sending is that the behavior is OK. If there are no real consequences to his actions, all he can assume is that what he did is OK and he can get away with it.

The Fear of Missing Out -- and How It's Killing You

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Ever have that feeling in your career where there are so many paths you want to pursue and you're pulled in every direction, yet you don't know which one to pick? Maybe you're interested in many different passions, but there aren't enough hours in a day to do all that you wanted.