Posts Tagged Patience

Patience During Conflict Can Reduce Stress

Image of a cartoon person in front of two buttons. One says "conflict." The other says "resolution."

Can displaying patience during a conflict really reduce stress? An old Chinese proverb says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

In other words, having patience can definitely reduce stress.

When you’re dealing with someone who is angry, ask the question, “Anything I can do?” or state the phrase, “I’ve had a similar experience and I can relate to your situation.” Doing so can help you respond in a difficult situation with patience and sensitivity, rather than with sarcasm, which can promote stress.

Even if you are not sure what is behind someone’s aggressive behavior, the few seconds it takes to pause can keep you from saying something you will … >>>


One Phrase to Teach Patience to Children

As any parent knows, youngsters are impetuous. They want to know an answer immediately. At any given moment, one child wants one thing and another child wants something else. It’s a constant pull for your attention, and few children have the patience to wait for an answer.

To get what they want, children often try to back you into a corner with non-stop questions (often the same one repeated over and over). When this happens to you, give your children your stock answer: “If you need to know right now, the answer is, ‘Not yet!’ But if I can think about it for a while, I might consider saying, ‘Yes.’”

Their usual response will sound something like, “Take all the … >>>