When someone says a stupid or rude comment in front of you, it’s tempting to want to immediately respond to it. However, often it’s best to just keep your mouth shut and ignore it.

Of course, practicing silence is easier said than done. We have a natural impulse to want to defend ourselves when we feel personally attacked or someone says something that offends us.

But what good comes when you feel the need to always respond to others or attack them back?

Often we just end up escalating an argument, embarrassing ourselves in front of others, storming out of the room, or staying up late at night kicking ourselves for saying what we said.

At the end of the day, it sucks up our energy and drains us. And in fact, one study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships discovered that when people practice silence or “ignoring” others who are rude or annoying, it often preserves their mental and emotional resources.

It can be incredibly freeing to realize…

This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written by Steven Handel

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