Silence is Golden - 7 Times in Life when You Should Keep Those Lips Sealed ...

Alison

Do you find it hard to keep your opinions to yourself sometimes? While you shouldn't be afraid to speak up for yourself, there are times when it's best to keep your lips firmly closed. Perhaps you would offend people, or say something you shouldn't. Or you have a habit of saying the wrong thing. These are some of the times when you should keep quiet and not say anything …

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1

You Hate Your Friend's Boyfriend

It's so hard to keep your feelings to yourself if you don't like someone your friend or sibling is dating. But just because you don't like them doesn't mean that they're a bad person or wrong for your friend. You may want the best for her, but you don't decide who they date. They have every right to choose for themselves.

2

You Know Someone's Cheating

Oh, this is such a tricky one. If you find out your friend's boyfriend is cheating on her, should you tell? If you don't, and she finds out you knew, she'll be angry. But if you tell her, she won't thank you. Generally, though, it's better to stay out of it and keep quiet - she'll find out he's a louse soon enough.

3

Spilling Secrets

You just want to tell everyone a juicy piece of gossip you've just found out. OMG everyone, you'll never believe what I heard! But wait a minute - what about the people who'll be hurt by this? It's not your place to spill secrets, so zip those lips and respect that the subject of your gossip might prefer that things were kept quiet. They'll reveal it in their own time - if they want to.

4

Bawling Someone out

If you're tempted to bawl someone out at work or in front of others, wait until you're in a more private place. Don't embarrass them by yelling at them where there's other people around. Difficult conversations don't need an audience. Handle the situation more graciously by having the conversation in private.

5

Babies

It's lovely revealing the happy news of a baby on the way, isn't it? Unless you're the one who's pregnant, keep quiet. You shouldn't reveal somebody else's pregnancy or your suspicions that they might be pregnant, as you'll spoil their happy moment.

6

Online

How often do you get into a futile argument with someone on the internet? Don't bother. It never leads anywhere, other than making you frustrated and angry. You're not going to convince anyone that you're right, so when you're tempted to start arguing with someone, stop yourself and stay silent instead.

7

In Public

It never fails to amaze me at how much personal information people are prepared to discuss on their cell phone. Never forget that people are listening if you're in public. Unlike the girl behind me on the bus who was talking loudly about her periods! Be very cautious about what you say when talking on your cell in public; either people don't want to listen, or you don't want them to know personal things about you.

It's hard to keep things to yourself sometimes, but if in doubt, keep quiet. You can always speak later but you can't unsay something that's been said. Have you ever put your foot in it and said something you shouldn't have done?

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

I kept quiet once when a friend 's who had four children ,husband was cheating on her. Whilst really debating whether I ought to mention something to her,the police suddenly turned up on their doorstep to inform her that her that one of his girlfriends was suing him for paternity ! Never had the courage to tell her I knew he was cheating on her.

Don't agree with #2!! Such a bad advice and now lots of people will take it in and do worst possible 'keep out of it' ... What friend would keep out of it? Not a good one ..

I mean #2 the cheating one (whoops)

@GlitterSparkle I totally agree with you. If a friend is being cheated on you should tell them. Because you would want to know if somebody was cheating on you. Have respect for one another

I absolutely cannot morally agree with #3

I disagree # 2. If I was the one that was getting cheated on my my boyfriend I would want to hear it from by best friend. I personally could not care if it hurt or not. I 100% trust that my best friend is telling the truth. Family first, friends second, boyfriend last.

I don't agree with 2 but the rest I love!

It's so not ok to just "stay out of it" when a friend is being cheated on. If you know truth, you should speak your time is up. Find out for herself?? What the heck??? What if she catches him making out with some girl!? It's best to just tell them. Having them find out for themselves is going to crush them tremendously. Nuf said!

I disagree with #2

If my friend knew I was being cheated on and she didn't let me know I would be so mad at her!! Treat others how you'd want to be treated

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