Not by controlling them.
That never works.
The hardest thing is to let go of all the issues that are making us unhappy. Humans don’t want to give up control without a fight. We would rather get our way or try to convince another person that it is in their best interests to change.
Except it never works.
A sure way to be unhappy is to try and change someone.
So the secret is to learn to cultivate an outlook that lets you throw off the things that you feel as if you would like to control.
Your partner is not listening to you and you feel ignored. Try as you may, you will probably never change this. All you will do is make yourself unhappy. Spend money on therapy. The answer: change the way you look at this and see if you can find another way he or she exhibits another way for you to be recognized and validated.
Your boss always has to be right. Good luck taking on this project because your boss is likely to go right on assuming they are right and everyone else is wrong which will make you very unhappy. Your time and focus would be better spent not looking to your boss for this type of approval. Give it to yourself for a job well done.
The best way to gain control is to give up control.
The alternative is to be forever unhappy.
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