If you think talking about an issue will only lead to an argument and strain your friendship, it’s ok to agree to disagree, and just leave it be.
Part of living in a free society like ours is that we all come from a range of cultures and backgrounds and all share different opinions.
Whether it’s politics, religion, music taste or football, we all have different views, but respecting each others’ opinions is important for maintaining positive friendships.
People come from different backgrounds and are brought up to believe in different viewpoints.
You need to reinforce your positive qualities and actively try to fix your negative qualities.
When everything else in the world fails you, you will always have your self-respect to fall back on.
This type of fervent, unwavering certitude is rarely a good idea—even if you are “right”—because it discounts the other person’s thoughts and feelings, which leads to defensive posturing, which leads to arguing, which leads to discontentment, which leads to further posturing, misunderstandings, arguments, discontentment. To avoid this spiral of misunderstanding—and eventually arrive at a place of shared contentment—we must avoid acting on impulse, and we must instead work through the four stages of understanding others: Tolerate. If someone’s behavior seems bothersome, it is best to avoid the knee-jerk reactions of fight or flight, and instead find ways to tolerate their differences.
For example, let’s say you’re an aspiring minimalist, but your partner is an enthusiastic collector—a clear dichotomy of beliefs.
Too often, however, we believe way: we believe our path toward contentment is the single correct path.
So, instead of attempting to understand other points of view, we try to force people onto our path, shoving aside their beliefs to showcase why are wrong.