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15 Things You Should (Almost) Always Say ‘Yes’ to

15 Things You Should (Almost) Always Say ‘Yes’ to

Too often, self-help articles and therapists urge us to learn how to say ‘No.’ Of course, I do see why. Having to say ‘Yes’ when we really want to decline can be a great source of stress.

But for a change, I thought about the simple things that deserve an enthusiastic ‘YES,’ at least most of the time. Here is my list. Do share yours, too.

1. A chance to spend time with a child.
2. Homemade sponge cake sandwiched with cream. Diet another day!
3. A new idea. It might fizzle out in  a few minutes/days/weeks, but give it the respect and consideration that it deserves. And if it clicks, it could change your life—or who knows, the world, too!
4. When your guests offer to help out in the kitchen—it makes them feel good, and lightens your load.
5. A friend’s invitation to linger a little longer.
6. A chance to watch the sunrise—or the sunset. It’s a grand show up there, day after beautiful day, and it’s completely free!
7. An opportunity to travel. There’s no greater way to expand the mind and open the heart.
8. A bed of grass that invites you to kick off your sandals and take a barefoot walk.
9. A challenge to try something you haven’t done before—play the piano, cook a meal, take the stage.
10. Dark chocolate—it’s heart-friendly, too!
11. An outstretched hand in genuine need of help.
12. Dessert! Always keep room for it.
13. A re-run of Casablanca and The Shawshank Redemption.
14. New foods and cuisines. Too often, we stick to the tried and the tasted, afraid of new flavors. Be adventurous, and who knows!
15. The here and the now. ‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past,’ said Oscar Wilde.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:16AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

i liked that list. some i'd say 'yes' to easily and readily; others, not so. but trying something new, broadening your horizons [literally if you're watching the sunrise/set!], setting yourself a challenge, asking for help when offered and giving help to those in need really makes a difference and makes you feel that not only have you accomplished something [if you were giving], but you are also worth it [particularly important if the help is given your way]. basically, it comes down to being aware of what you have to offer, what you can learn; and the people that will benefit from you taking the time out

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12:19PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Lista molto bella.

8:05PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

The majority of them I would love to do.

7:46PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

I think i'll skip #13

8:32PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

It's good to say yes at times- just don't have too many yesses in the same day! (it's tiring!)

4:46PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Great list!

7:32AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Some of these are quite nice.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

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