Today, I want to address a question that readers email me a lot about and something that I was often asked during therapy sessions and this is, “How can I Stop Worrying so Much About What Other People Think?” Whether you are 8 or 88, this is a common issue that we all face at one time or another. We are born with a natural desire to be liked and accepted, but there are right and wrong ways of doing so.
Obviously, caring about other people’s feelings means that you are a respectful person and value their opinion, but it doesn’t mean that you have to agree with their viewpoint and base your self-worth on what they think of you or how you choose to live your life.
There are always going to be people in your life whose days are filled with anger and hate and trying to please them is a waste of your time and energy. It also isn’t going to change the type of person they are. Don’t let their negativity consume you and rob you of enjoying your life because I can assure you that it’s not ruining theirs.
Keep in mind that you are never going to be liked by everyone. Even those who genuinely love and value you are not always going to agree with everything you do or say and that is okay. Just remember that you are the only judge of your happiness, so stop worrying about what others think and start living the positive life you deserve!