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be a peace keeper

Ah, the holdays are coming. . . and all that that entails, with high expectations, family gatherings, and of course, peace and joy throughout the world.   Right?

Today I came across this article on RealSimple.com that might be useful in the next couple of months, or really any time of year, to keep lines of communication open and flowing more peacefully:

10 Things to Say to Keep the Peace by Laurie Puhn

Here’s a quick summary, but please read the article for more background:

  1. Thank you for your opinion. I’ll think about it.
  2. Is this a good time for you?
  3. Would you like my thoughts?
  4. Why don’t we get the facts?
  5. I need your help.  Can you please. . . ?
  6. Let’s wait on this until we have more information.
  7. What did you mean by that?
  8. I don’t like that, so why don’t we do this instead?
  9. I’m sorry you’re upset.
  10. Let me get back to you.

What about you?  What helps you keep the peace?

Wishing you peaceful gatherings and connections this season.

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2 comments to be a peace keeper

  • A good list for diffusing potential conflicts. The trick it pulling them out for actual use rather than scratching out in-law eyes.

  • Thanks for this list — I missed the issue and will look for it. I am convinced that the words “Let me get back with you” are a busy person’s best friends and best defense. Hey, I might even blog about them myself …

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