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A Woman Alive

November 2nd, 2015
by Diane

When You Really Mean “NO.”

A-dishonest-yes-is-a-no-to-yourself.I am spending some time at my desk this weekend preparing for a Stress Management workshop I am teaching on Tuesday. In the process of doing some additional research on the causes of stress I came across this great quote by William James, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

How often have you made the choice to say “yes” to someone when you really wanted to say “no”? It can be extremely difficult to say “no.” When we answer with a dishonest “yes” we end up triggering additional stress and zapping our energy. The dishonest “yes” can cause us to get frustrated at ourselves and lead to resentment toward the other person. Read more »

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