This past weekend there was an article featured on the front page of the Sunday USA Weekend insert in my local paper. It's focus was on 7 highly effective ways to help Americans get along, referring to the Democrats and the Republicans.
Here are the highlights:
1-Open your inbox.
That means staying open to receive all incoming messages, even from those with whom you may not agree.
2-Find a third solution. Opposing parties usually come to the table with two contrasting solutions. The gap between them can be immense. He has counseled parties to come up with a third solution that's better than already proposed-one that can help both sides achieve at least a piece of what they want.
3-Model yourself after others. Many people are inspired by others who have served as great role models-whether it's a parent, a boss, a teacher or a president. The key for you is to recognize which of their achievements you seek for yourself.
4-Avoid "identity theft". He's talking about losing your soul. The more you focus on personal gains, weather it's possessions or "keeping score" with respect to rivalries, the greater the risk of losing your identity.
5-Try something new. If you don't do something you've never done before, your worldview will be too limited to inspire real change.
6- Know your audience. You may be passionate about your beliefs, but that alone won't convince people to agree with you. You need to understand the "what's in it for me?" details.
7- Laugh at least once a day. If we cannot laugh at least once a day, what does that say about our lives? Shared laughter is the best way to bring disparate parties together. Laughing helps us live longer and feel healthier and better about ourselves.