Be a Better Believer. Funny to hear it said that wayyou can be a better believer in the same way you can be a better chef. Yet you can. While you may think your beliefs are all set, the truth is that you might simply be being more stubborn than a stereotypical in‑law. The problem with that? A closed mind often doesnt allow you to see, understand, and experience other belief systems to give you a better picture of the entire world. These are five ways that can help you become more open and aware:
1. Be curious, ask questions, and try to distinguish between facts and opinion.
2. Know that beliefs are different from knowledge, which is often different from reality. You cant live your life totally blinded by a system of beliefs; you have to integrate them with the world around you. That is, belief is one part of lifebut its not the only thing.
3. Learn from others, and ask about their beliefsto open yourself up to new possibilities.
4. Manage stress to avoid damage to the hippocampus, which helps regulate emotion, memory, and other systems needed for maintaining healthy beliefs. Say only positive thoughts out loud.
5. Fill your glass up if its half empty. Optimism, simply, is healthier than pessimism. In a study, nuns judged optimistic by their essay answers 40 years prior to death lived about eight years younger (longer and with less disability) than the nuns whose essays were judged to reflect pessimism.
6. Dont judge others too harshly. After all, as long as no one is being hurt, if they derive joy from their beliefs and you don't, who is better off?