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Insightful Ways to Say No without Hurting Anyone's Feelings ...

By Sici

Every girl needs some ways to say no without hurting anyone's feelings. If you were brought up properly, then it might be fair to say that you are a kind and unassuming person who is always looking to be friendly with everyone that you come in to contact with. This is an ideal way to live, but sometimes it can also be a way to live that allows other people to try to take advantage of your will to please. Do you often find that you can’t say no to people, even when they are asking you to do something that you really don’t want to do? The root of this problem nearly always lies in the fact that you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by rejecting them, but you can’t be yes woman for everyone. Here are some ways to say no without hurting anyone's feelings.

1 No from the Start

The worst thing you can do is answer a proposal with an initial ‘maybe’ because even though you are leading up to a no, the other person will be then expecting a yes. It’s much easier for everyone if you just say no right off the bat. They won’t be waiting around and getting annoyed with you for a final answer. And that's one of the best ways to say no without hurting anyone's feelings.

2 Gratitude

Always start your response off with a slice of gratitude, “thank you so much for the invite, but this time…” etc. It always softens the blow if you are gracious in your reply rather than just blurting out a no and moving on.


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3 Assertive

A lot of people will try to change your mind when you say no, leading to a period of annoying stress for you that is totally unnecessary. In your first answer, be as assertive as you can whilst still being polite. If they can sense that your decision is final, they won’t waste their time trying to change your mind.

4 Comfort

You just have to become comfortable with using no as the only word in a sentence. You don’t have to say “no, but…” or “no, because…”, at the end of the day, it’s not really anyone’s business why you can’t or don’t want to do something. The only thing that matters is that you give them your decision and everyone can move on.

5 No Excuses

Don’t make up some flimsy excuse for why you can’t or don’t want to do something, because they always sound as fake as they are. A person will be more offended if they realise you are making something up to get out plans because it shows that you have taken time to try to deceive them.

6 Self Care

Make sure that your explanation is about yourself rather than about any external factors. A person can’t be mad if you tell them that you really just need to take an evening or a weekend to yourself for good old fashioned self-care reasons. It’s kind of a classic, it’s not you, it’s me, type of situation!

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