How to Have an Open Mind

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Having an open mind benefits you and the world in a number of ways. When you interact with people without judging them, you foster tolerance and encourage those around you to keep an open mind. On a personal level, you open up your world of possibilities. Here are some tips to help you push past your comfort zone.

  • Visit art museums and cultural centers. Keep an eye out for events that celebrate a holiday you're not familiar with. It's a great way to have fun and open your mind at the same time.

  • Try new foods. Go to an authentic Indian restaurant with a friend from India, for instance. Make a point of eating cuisine you've never tried at least once a month. Find recipes on the Internet for dishes you liked and add them to your regular menu.

  • Expand your travels and activities. You don't necessarily have to rough it if you're not into hiking, camping or remote places. Explore non-tourist neighborhoods and talk with the locals.

  • Meet new people. Join a club of enthusiasts about something you're interested in. Go to lectures and seminars at your local college and strike up a conversation with a person next to you.

  • Practice daily meditation. Besides proven health benefits, you learn to get into a state of relaxation, which is essential in keeping an open mind. We close ourselves to new possibilities when we're stressed and feel unsure of ourselves.

  • Keep a daily journal. In "The Artist's Way," Julia Cameron suggests writing three pages first thing every morning to let go of the petty things that keep us down. You may also choose to keep an online diary and allow feedback, which can show you unexpected possibilities.

  • Nurture your creativity. Art forces us to open our minds to the world and human nature. Explore new ways to express yourself to stretch your mind further.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reserve judgment on every possibility that comes your way. Give yourself some time, if you can, before making a decision.
  • Trust that you'll make the right decision. This includes keeping an open mind about mistakes.

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