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(And How to Fix It), Why You’re Feeling Empty and How to Fill the Void, 13 Best Happiness Books For Living A Happier Life, How to Stay Motivated at Work While Working From Home, Why Constant Self-Improvement May Be Bad Sometimes, 5 Keys to Self Improvement That Will Pave a Path to Success. And sometimes we apologize for life choices we have every right to make—like the decision to change jobs, or end a relationship. If you cannot... 3. How to Stop Obsessing Over What Other People Think of You, How to Stop Over-Apologizing, From a Lifelong Over-Apologizer, 14 Daily Happiness Habits to Adopt Right Now, How to Set Healthy Boundaries and Protect Your Space and Energy, How to Make Sense of the Anxiety That Comes with Being a Parent. If you can’t keep your mouth shut, then an alternative is to just leave the room or situation. ~Kate Willette, 4. “You shouldn’t apologize for getting “overly-emotional” — especially when your emotions are totally appropriate for the situation…”. All Rights Reserved. It’s okay that I sometimes experience anxiety about potential rejection. Everything You Need to Know About Them, 7 Ways That Will Totally Screw Up Your Life, The 5 Most Important Things in Life You’ll Regret Not Pursuing, Why Does Life Suck So Bad Sometimes?

What Is Resilience and Why Is It Important for Success? Being who we are, and feeling our feelings.

Trusting your instincts, even if you can’t explain it. ~Bonnie Romano, 2. ~Kiran Sohi, 15. Being sensitive. ~Michelle Galyon-Stallings, 8. What Is Resilience and Why Is It Important for Success? The New Lifehacking #7 – Why You Should Be Open to New Stuff, But Wary About Using It, 10 Good Habits to Have in Life to Be More Successful, How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life, Symptoms Of Low Self-Esteem And The Root Causes of It, What These 11 Colors of Urine Reveal About Your Health, Introvert or Extrovert? ~Rebecca Killeen, 10. ~Lisa Marie, 14.

Living life the way we choose to, regardless of fitting in with other people’s norms. ~NathanArisa Ferree 11. Fighting for the rights of animals.

Being a free thinker and questioning everything even when it’s not the popular thing to do. More than 2,000 people responded, many with variations of the same ideas. And what I wrote might seem a little ironic, considering the topic of this post. It's ours. No one should be made to feel guilty for trying to better themselves. ~NathanArisa Ferree, 11. ~Jennifer Werner Mader, 7. Click here to read more. Making decisions about your own future that don’t do any harm to anyone. ~Amitola Rajah, 13. Standing up for what you believe in.

But there are certain choices we need to own, and need never apologize for. Removing someone from your life that repeatedly crosses your boundaries. ~Olga Baez Rivera, 5. You’re allowed to feel. ask Tiny Buddha Facebook followers this question, I’m obsessively worried about past people coming back to hurt me. You shouldn’t have to apologize for how you feel. We’re wired to seek a sense of belonging, and we fear being ostracized from our tribe, so many of us lean toward excessive contrition to ensure we’re still in people’s good graces. ~Karin Alberga, 16.

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Please seek professional care if you believe you may have a condition. Sometimes we apologize for things beyond our control—like bad weather during a party we’re hosting. (And How to Fix It), Why You’re Feeling Empty and How to Fill the Void, 13 Best Happiness Books For Living A Happier Life, How to Stay Motivated at Work While Working From Home, Why Constant Self-Improvement May Be Bad Sometimes, 5 Keys to Self Improvement That Will Pave a Path to Success. 1. ~Lori Mitchell, 12. But by doing this, we’re undermining ourselves and reinforcing a sense of guilt and subservience. Choosing what you think is best for your life. Being upset about something.

I had a wonderful relationship that suddenly ended…Please help. This way, you will prevent yourself from saying anything that you will regret. ~Tanya Johns Emery, 9.
You may need to apologize for how you act on your feelings, but never for being hurt, angry, sad, etc., and expressing how you feel. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal and other books and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. The whole point of learning to apologize less is to build confidence in ourselves and our choices, and that means embracing our humanity. Speaking up when someone has hurt us in some way. It's not about me. It’s admirable to apologize when we’ve genuinely done something wrong, or even if we believe we inadvertently hurt someone else. You may need to apologize for how you act on your feelings, but never for being hurt, angry, sad, etc., and expressing how you feel. 9. If you’re anything like me, you apologize far too often, and most of the time, when you haven’t done anything wrong. There are many people in... 2. You Should Never Apologize for Saying No It could take a lifetime to accept someone we love passing away.
For daily wisdom, join the Tiny Buddha list here. Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. Celebrate the fact that you are able to love. ~Linda Leppington, 17. It’s okay that I’m insecure at times, and apologize to compensate. 9 Ways to Take Back Your Power, How Motor Learning Can Help You Learn Effectively, 12 Ways for Any Slow Learner to Easily Speed Up Learning, 27 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are, Why Constant Self-Improvement May Be Bad Sometimes, 5 Keys to Self Improvement That Will Pave a Path to Success, 7 Benefits of Gratitude That Will Remind You To Be Thankful Daily, How to Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement, How to Deal With Mean People the Smart Way. This site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. ~Kathy Gildersleeve Wesley, 19. First, you should wait at least 5 or 10 seconds before you say anything, especially when you feel upset or angry. Speaking the truth. Respecting your own limitations is a sign of self respect.

All Rights Reserved. It’s human to struggle, and unless we’re hurting other people, there’s no need to apologize for it. 10 Good Habits to Have in Life to Be More Successful, How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life, 6 Ways to Make Progress Every Day (And Realize Your Goals), 19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore, 15 Amazing Places in the U.S. You Should Go For A Warm Christmas, Five Smart & Cheap Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell, Ten Brilliant Ways to Become A Homeowner When You’re Broke, The 5 Most Important Things in Life You’ll Regret Not Pursuing, Why Does Life Suck So Bad Sometimes? Your opinion—there is no right or wrong opinion, and there’d be a lot less arguments if more people could just respect and appreciate different insights. Particularly if you were abused at some point, it can feel imperative to express remorse for potential slights and offenses, since this could minimize the risk of retaliation. 15 Simple Ways To Make Self Improvement That Will Change Your Life, If You Think Love Is Always Uncontrollable, You Don’t Understand Love, 10 Reasons Why Growing Up Isn’t As Bad As You Think, Why The Key To Finding True Love Is Self-Love, 10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult, Feeling Defeated in Life? There’s a difference. And it’s understandable, given my background, that I occasionally blame myself for things that aren’t my fault. We may also apologize because we’re highly sensitive to other people’s feelings, and we want to ensure we haven’t unintentionally caused them pain. Before using the site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. And I’ve decided that’s perfectly okay. You Should Never Apologize for Loving Someone

Though I run this site, it is not mine. Sometimes we apologize when someone else was actually in the wrong—when a waiter brings us food not cooked to our specifications, for example. Having to grieve. You shouldn’t have to apologize for how you feel. Quality “me” time (taking care of ourselves). ~Courtney Redd-Boynton, 3. You can also follow Tiny Buddha on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What’s one thing you’ve realized you don’t need to apologize for? 1. It's about us. I feel my feelings and I believe it’s hurtful when individuals are quick to tell someone to “get over it.” If we aren’t harming anyone, we all deserve to process our feelings in our own time frame and manner. ~Nath Ray, 6. Yes, I just quoted myself there. We should never apologize if we’re not truly sorry. ~Kay West. There’s a difference. The content on Tiny Buddha is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. 9 Ways to Take Back Your Power, How Motor Learning Can Help You Learn Effectively, 27 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are, Why Constant Self-Improvement May Be Bad Sometimes, 5 Keys to Self Improvement That Will Pave a Path to Success, 7 Benefits of Gratitude That Will Remind You To Be Thankful Daily, How to Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement, How to Deal With Mean People the Smart Way. It ain’t always pleasant, but better to know what’s really in someone’s heart than be fake! Since this topic has been on my mind lately, I decided to ask Tiny Buddha Facebook followers this question a couple weeks back: What’s one thing we should never apologize for? For being protective of our children and trusting our instincts as parents—especially when they’re not yet capable of advocating for themselves. But I’ve realized that despite knowing I don’t need to apologize as often as I do, I may still fall into this habit at times. Taking a break and doing absolutely nothing for ten minutes.

Below is a short list of the ones I found most compelling. Some people think there is a time limit or a timeframe. What are your thoughts of an older woman sleeping with a much younger man? ~Christina Teresa, 18. Click to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking. Having worn ugly underpants or not shaving your legs. I don’t believe in apologizing because someone ‘demands’ an apology.