You can be the most brazen badass and still find it hard to say no in certain situations.
Why? Because saying no can be awkward. Or it can make you feel guilty or rude. Sometimes it can feel like saying no will cause you to miss out on something. Other times, you might avoid saying no because you don’t like conflict. Or you might fear it’ll lead to losing a friend or significant other. Basically, saying no makes many of us feel disagreeable—and who wants that label?
But here’s some truth: Saying no can be a smart, liberating, healthy, self-respecting thing to do. So please don’t feel guilty when you know that saying no is right for you. There is no shame in saying no, especially if you know how to say it in any situation.
How to say no when someone…
- Asks you out online.
- Asks you out on a second date, but you’re not into it.
- Asks you for money or to borrow something.
- Invites you to a wedding or baby shower.
More tips to help you say no with grace and style…
Say no without feeling like a jerk. (You can do it!)
- Why you should practice saying no. (Because women are actually hardwired to say yes.)
- 7 simple ways to say no. (This is a nice Zen approach.)
- 21 ways to give good no. (There is a no here for everyone. Find yours.)
Does all this make you want to say yes to something? We’ve got a hot little list of things to say yes to that will definitely heat up your weekend. And if you’re not quite ready to have a baby, of course we hope you’ll say yes to birth control.
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