Why Open Mindedness is the Best Gift of the Season

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With the holidays fast approaching, many of us scramble to find the best gifts for our loved ones. This season, we challenge you to give the gift of open-mindedness to your loved ones and community. Needless to say, everyone has their own set of values and beliefs that have been shaped by their families, culture and community. To practice open-mindedness does not mean that you have to dismiss your own beliefs. Instead, having an open mind encourages you to examine other people’s point of view without the interference of our personal biases: to merely take in the information from an objective perspective rather than feel threatened by someone else’s outlook.

Some might be surprised to hear that individuals who practice open-mindedness have a much stronger sense-of-self. They are not confined by their own beliefs or values or “how things should be”. They challenge themselves to grow and learn from the things that they are unfamiliar with in order to achieve personal growth.

Open-mindedness will deepen relationships and enhance innovative ideas.

Here are some of the benefits of practicing an open mind.

Critical thinking

In order to excel in critical thinking, we must be open to new ideas and perspectives. This process enriches our original thoughts by creating a well-rounded outlook, especially by considering opposing ideas.

Empathy

Most people want to be understood and accepted. It’s not only important to have empathy for our loved ones, it is also essential to practice empathy for our fellow human beings. As cliché as it may be, this world would be a better place if each one of us understood and accepted those who are different from ourselves.

Creativity

Having the ability to allow your mind to roam through unexplored thoughts and ideas is crucial to creating new concepts. Sometimes creative individuals will take the information that they have collected from the past and present and add new layers to expand the possibilities.

Open-mindedness will deepen relationships and enhance innovative ideas. Is important to recognize that you do not have to abandon your personal beliefs and values, but rather allow for flexibility and vulnerability in your daily thinking. So consider giving the gift of open-mindedness this holiday season.

Dilawri Foundation