Patience as a Skill


Patience is a skill that can be learned. It is a mindset that can be developed. It is not a correct statement that some people are born more patient than others. Patience is the art of acceptance in face of problems. It is the practice of enduring in face of suffering. It is closely related to the concept of "delayed gratification" as patience is the ability to delay satisfaction and reward. Patience can also be closely related to emotional mastery. As people with the skill to manage their emotions are less reactive and more tolerant in face of troubles.


There are many advantages to practicing patience. Research backs the idea that patience makes you healthier. Diseases such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and strokes can be related to anger and stress that are the side effects of impatience. A healthy attitude is another advantage of being patient. Patient people are more content, positive, and reliable. Furthermore, patience is a great asset that can improve your relationships. Most of the troubles and conflicts that we experience with others are rooted in intolerance and impatience.


There are many practices that can improve your patience. Practicing Stoicism can be one of these tools. Stoicism teaches you to accept reality and be in harmony with nature. Another practice is to slow down the pace of your life and develop a sense of gratitude. Meditation is another tool to improve your patience. Practice deep breathing and being in the present moment. Additionally, cultivating emotional intelligence and emotional mastery helps to avoid fast emotional decisions. Developing reflective thinking, forward-thinking, and reasoning skills are other resources to further improve your patience.


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