Living in peace consists of living harmoniously with oneself, others and all the sentient beings around. While the definition of a peaceful life may vary from person to person, there are things you can do to promote peace in your life. Do your best to have more peaceful interpersonal relationships, create a peaceful environment for yourself, and promote peace in your community. With perseverance and patience, you will enjoy the peaceful life you seek.
Method 1 of 3: Foster Peace in Your Interpersonal Relationships
Step 1. Eliminate toxic people from your life
If someone in your life criticizes you, starts fights for no reason, or blames you for their problems, this can interfere with your inner peace. Distancing yourself from that person can help you feel more peace in your daily life, especially if they are someone you see frequently.
- To reduce your contact with a toxic friend, make plans with other people and invent ways to avoid it, for example, you can politely tell them that you are busy. Try saying, “Excuse me, but I'm busy all week. We can meet another time”.
- If you have a toxic family member, set boundaries with them to lessen their impact on your life. For example, if you have a family member who frequently asks you to drop everything to help them, you can say "I can't help you if I already have plans and I need at least a few days notice when you need my help."
Step 2. Forgive people and avoid holding onto anger
While it is frustrating when someone is unfair to you, holding onto anger does nothing good. It will only stress you out and interfere with your ability to live in peace. Rather, allow yourself to forgive him for hurting you and get rid of the anger you feel for him. This will help you bring yourself inner peace.
- For example, if someone insults you, don't be obsessed with finding ways to get back. You can tell yourself “He was bad at insulting me, but it's over. I forgive him for what he said and hope our interactions are more positive in the future. "
- You can also write him a letter, but not send it. In the letter, describe how he hurt you and then write that you forgive him because he is the best for you.
- Remember that forgiveness edifies you and frees you from resentment. Forgiveness is about learning to deal with negative feelings that arise from an act that has made you angry and accepting those feelings instead of burying them.
Step 3. Help others resolve conflicts without fighting or resorting to violence
When you find people who disagree or when you disagree with someone, look for ways to resolve the matter peacefully. Invite them to participate in solving the problem with you and avoid raising the tone of your voice, insulting or doing other things that could lead to violence.
- For example, if your siblings fight over the TV show they want to watch, you could say, “They both want to watch a different TV show. What can we watch or do to make both of them happy? "
- Alternatively, if you are angry at a friend because they lied to you, you could say, “I value your honesty. What can I do to help you trust me more?
Step 4. Use positive terms to express yourself
If you find yourself trying to express yourself in a tense situation, you may find that you resort to negative language, for example, you tell someone what they cannot or should not do. Rather, look for ways to express your needs in a positive way. Avoid using the words "no" and "never."
For example, if you have to tell someone to lower their voice, don't say "Don't yell!" or "Stop yelling!" Rather, you can say, "We all speak quietly inside" or "This is a space for peaceful words and quiet communication."
tipWhen you're angry, find a quiet place to pause, take a deep breath, and relax. Turn off the television or computer. Go to nature if possible or go for a walk.
Step 5. Build peace in your workplace
Talk to your human resources manager to find out what policies they currently have to promote a peaceful workplace, which may be equality policies and conflict resolution strategies. Also try to get along with all your colleagues. To achieve this, you can do the following:
- Be nice and helpful to your colleagues.
- Do not participate in gossip or politics in your workplace.
- Treat your colleagues as members of your team instead of competing with them.
Method 2 of 3: Create a Peaceful Environment
Step 1. Practice gratitude for what you already have
Trying to fill your life with more possessions can leave you perpetually unhappy. However, practicing gratitude for what you already have can help you feel happier and more peaceful. Make a list of the 10 things you are thankful for every day.
- For example, you might be grateful for a bed to sleep in, a roof to live in, a good cup of coffee, or a hot meal.
- Focus on the things you have and value in life instead of always trying to get more.
Step 2. Make your bedroom an out-of-this-world oasis of comfort
If you always have a quiet place where you can go at the end of the day, it will be easier for you to live in peace. First, clean, organize and remove unnecessary things from your bedroom to make it a more welcoming space. Then add some decorative touches to make it even more inviting. Some things you can try are:
- Incorporate warm lighting, such as a dimmer lamp, string lights, or flameless candles.
- Put soft blankets, pillows, and other cozy items on your bed.
- Use scented candles and air fresheners to create a pleasant scent.
- Put a small bouquet of flowers or a houseplant on the dresser.
Step 3. Listen to relaxing music during the day
Music can help you feel more peaceful if the music you listen to is also calm. Opt for relaxing music, such as classical, electronic, new age music, or any other type of music that you find relaxing. Listen to it during the day while you work or study, or at night when you're getting ready for bed.
The sounds of nature can also help create a peaceful environment. You can listen to waves of the sea, sounds of rain or other sounds of nature that you consider relaxing
Step 4. Create a comfortable space that you can use to meditate
Meditation is great for promoting inner peace. Also, having a designated place to practice it can help you feel more at peace when you start your daily session. You can fit a quiet area in your bedroom, such as a corner or against a wall. Keep it clean and tidy so you can escape there and have a moment of peace.
- Put a few comfortable cushions in this area to get comfortable when sitting.
- Include a houseplant or water feature to increase the sense of calm.
- You can also include an object that is a peaceful focal point, such as a candle or statuette.
Step 5. Spend time away from home to enjoy the tranquility of nature
Being in nature is excellent to have more peace. The sights, sounds, smells, and the feeling of being outdoors will help relieve stress and calm you down. If you can, take a daily walk in nature for quiet moments to relax and reflect.
For example, you can go for a walk in your neighborhood, hike on nature trails, or take a walk on the beach
tipIf you can, spend 10 minutes in a quiet place, for example, under a shady tree, in the park, or anywhere you can sit quietly without distractions.
Method 3 of 3: Contribute to World Peace
Step 1. Volunteer in your community to help people in need
Look for ways you can help people in need and assure them that there are people who take them into account. Providing more resources to these people will help promote peace in your community. Volunteering will also help promote wellness, so you may feel happier as a result. You can volunteer with any organization that you think is doing a good work in your community.
For example, you might volunteer at a homeless shelter, animal shelter, soup kitchen, food delivery service, or literacy program
Step 2. Join other people in your community to promote peace
Peace is achieved through the joint work of many people. Find out if there are groups in your community that work to promote peace and join the one that appeals to you the most. These can be interfaith groups, community peace coalitions, or special interest groups, such as groups that fight against bullying.
tip- Think about your special skills and talents and how you could use them to promote peace in your community. For example, if you are the artistic type, you could make flyers to promote a group or event focused on peace.
Step 3. Go to events, rallies, and protests that aim to promote peace
Being part of events aimed at promoting peace is another great way to get involved. Stay up-to-date on events in your community aimed at promoting peace and get involved in any way you can.
These events can be fundraisers for non-profit organizations, rallies to raise awareness of violence in the community, or peaceful protests to put pressure on government officials
- Learn to love yourself more. By loving yourself, it may be easier for you to spread love and peace to others.
- Do unexpected good deeds to make someone's day. This can help promote peace by spreading joy in unexpected ways.
- Give compliments and avoid making negative comments about others. Don't gossip about your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, or anyone else. Try to only say good things about people.