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How to Be Less Judgmental

It’s only human to rush to judge yourself, your family—even strangers. But understanding and challenging the habit can improve your quality of life.

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The concepts of “good” and “bad” judgment are tricky to navigate. Making snap judgments can help us make important survival decisions, but most of us also pass judgment in a way that doesn’t exactly benefit our personal well-being—or others.

So how do we cut down on the unproductive type of judgment? Fostering more empathy and practicing mindfulness is a start. Behavioral scientists generally agree that healthier judgment begins with cultivating self-compassion, rejecting snobbery, and easing up on certain snap decision-making processes.

Read on for expert tips on how to make decisions that are better rooted in fact, while also giving yourself and others a little extra grace.