15 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Bridesmaids
It may be a comedy but, the movie, Bridesmaids is chock-full of great advice for us women to take into consideration. In no particular order, here are 15 life lessons we can learn from Bridesmaids.
#1. Be Tactful
Having a little tact and diplomacy is a great way to interact with your fellow human being. Just think of the Golden Rule…how would you want someone to talk to you?
#2. A Little Flattery Goes A Long Way
Cliche but true, paying someone a compliment can certainly grease the wheels. And really, there’s nothing wrong with saying something nice to another person, it just might be the only nice thing they’ve heard in a long time.
# 3. Be Optimistic
Be willing to look for the silver lining to any given situation. A lot of times, this is easier said than done but, no one likes a Negative Nancy. Shifting your perspective will improve your life and the lives of those around you.
#4. Be Compassionate and Empathetic Toward Others
As mentioned above, remember the Golden Rule and your relationships will improve. First, you will treat others with the care, kindness, and respect that you want to be treated with and second, you will find it easier to phase out the relationships that just aren’t working – the not-so-healthy ones where the other person mistreats you.
#5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
As embarrassing as it might feel, be willing to be open and honest with your friends and family – even about money issues. You just might be surprised to find that they have similar struggles or that they have had similar issues in the past. And, they might lend you a helping hand in your time in need. It’s said that the most common lie of all-time that people tell is, “I’m fine.”
#6. Cherish Your Girlfriends
If you’re like me, you feel like you always got along with the guys much better than other girls. But, despite this, the close female friends I have have been, at times, life-savers. Cherish your lady friends. It’s important to bond with other women.
#7. Don’t Be Afraid To Go For What You Want
Life’s too short to wait around for the things you want. Go out and get them. So what if you fail? Get up, dust yourself off, and try again. It’s been said, failure isn’t falling down, it’s staying down.
#8. Don’t Mess with Someone Who’s Married, or Otherwise Unavailable
This is an important lesson-learned. Don’t mess around with someone who is unavailable – figuratively or emotionally. Period.
#9. Support Your Fellow Woman
Too many times, women seem to see each other as competition rather than teammates in the game of life. We tear each other down rather than hold each other up. Try it out.
#10. Give and Take: Be Willing to Do Both
All relationships involve an ebb-and-flow of give and take or, rather, give and receive. Be there for others as much as you expect them to be there for you.
#11. Make the First Move
Just like in #7, go for what you want. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. As a matter of fact, many times, men say that it’s a turn-on when the woman makes the first move.
#12. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “I Love You”
IMHO, people just don’t say this enough to one another. A lot of times, we want to but we’re afraid we’ll look silly or the other person won’t say it back. Loving someone actually has nothing to do with the other person’s feelings towards you; it’s about how you feel about them. So, go ahead, say it. Maybe they’ll say it back. Maybe they won’t. But you told someone how you feel and that makes you awesome.
#13. Use Discretion Sometimes (Read: Filter) and Set Healthy Boundaries
Sometimes filters are necessary. And, all the time, healthy boundaries are necessary. Be able to set them in your personal and work relationships. For your own sake.
#14. Take Responsibility for You
Blaming others for everything that happens just isn’t a good look on anyone. Be mature and be willing to be responsible for the life you’re living. And be willing to make the necessary changes when you don’t like something.
#15. Be Silly
Last but not least by any means, have fun and be silly. Within reason, of course (read: don’t break any laws). Life should be enjoyed, not just merely tolerated.
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