The importance of saying NO



According to experts, learning to say “no” saves one a great deal of stress. In fact, saying no can help you professionally as well. If one is skilled when it comes to politely turning down what is asked of them, they do well in both personal and professional aspects of life.



Recently, actor Gabrielle Union was quoted as saying, “My best anti-ageing tip is the ability to say no, no, and hell, no. We run ourselves ragged saying yes to every freaking thing, whether it’s to our family, spouses, or careers. I sleep eight hours a day and don’t let myself stress out. A lot of people call it selfish, but I don’t have any wrinkles.”

Experts agree with Union unanimously. If one is skilled when it comes to politely turning down what is asked of them, they do well in both personal and professional aspects of life. “Learning to say no helps one be in control. If you want freedom and empowerment, then take control, challenge yourself, and learn to say no,” says Dr Madhumita Ghosh, senior psychologist, consultant at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi.

Who is averse to saying no?

There are many who will agree that they haven’t mastered being assertive yet. It’s just a two-letter word but has the potential to put one into a conflicting mental situation. Apparently, there are cultural and individual differences that exist, which influence a person’s ability to say ‘no’, and people who belong to collectivist culture as compared to the individualistic culture, are the ones who find being assertive difficult.

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