How to Be More Open-Minded in a World That’s Closed Off

Reviewed, fact-checked & edited by Lenny Terra.
This blog is supported by its readers. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Being open-minded is a great way to live life. It allows you to be more accepting and understanding of others, making them feel better about themselves.

This blog post will help you become more open-minded so that your relationships with other people can improve. You’ll learn how to look at the world from another person’s perspective and understand why they think the way they do.

You’ll also learn to change your mindset to make it easier for you to accept new ideas and concepts without feeling threatened by them or dismissing them outright because they don’t align with what you believe already.

By doing this, your relationships will improve, and your overall happiness levels will rise as well!

Contents show

Experiment with new things and get out of your comfort zone.

You know what they say about all work and no play. It’s time to break out of your shell and try something new!

We’ve all experienced being trapped in a rut. Day after day, you’re doing the same things, and it feels like there’s no way out. But what if we told you that escaping your comfort zone may be as easy as taking one step at a time?

There are many opportunities to explore new places, meet new people, and try new things right outside your door! If you take little steps, it doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming.

get out of your comfort zone

Get out there and meet new people while learning new things!

Stretch yourself and join clubs or groups that interest you; not only will you make friends with similar interests, but you’ll gain valuable experience and skills that could help your career later on.

There’s an entire world out there waiting for you to discover it! One great way to get out of the house is to take a road trip with a few friends. You can see a lot of the country and meet new people along the way.

Try something new, like rock climbing or cooking classes. Make friends with people who live outside your hometown so you can experience different cultures together. Travel as much as possible to broaden your horizons and see the world for yourself!

Don’t be afraid to take risks because every day is an opportunity for adventure when you step outside your comfort zone.

Start by trying something completely different than anything else you do every week.

Maybe it’s going to an art gallery opening instead of watching TV on Friday night or joining the local volunteer fire department instead of playing video games with friends after school on Saturday afternoon.

The possibilities are endless! And once you start making changes, don’t stop until they become part of who you are – because then they’ll stick around forever!

There is a place for you somewhere else on this globe, no matter what your hobbies are. It may take some time and work, but it is worth fighting for if something is worthwhile!

The point is, if you never leave your comfort zone, you’ll never allow yourself to grow.

Stop being so judgmental.

Everyone has a different story and a unique perspective, so it’s not your place to judge.

It’s easy to pass judgment on people you don’t know very well. We all do it from time to time! But why not stop being so judgmental? You never know what kind of life experience someone else has had.

And even if they have lived a little more than you, who’s to say that their experiences haven’t been as valuable as yours? Everyone deserves respect – even those people we disagree with or dislike – because everyone is fighting some sort of battle that only they can truly understand.

People are all unique!

The more you open yourself up to new experiences, the more likely you will understand that!

Everyone deserves respect because everyone has had different life experiences.

Stop being so judgmental and start having more open conversations with people you don’t understand. You might be surprised by what you learn!

You never know what kind of struggles another person might have faced on their way to where they are now, nor how they overcame them.

Open your eyes and see the world through new lenses for once – it’ll give you a whole new one!

It’s easy to fall into the habit of stereotyping everyone you meet, but that makes it nearly impossible for anyone to surprise you—and where’s the fun in that?

If you open yourself up to new experiences, you’ll discover that there are tons of cool people out there who want what you want and like what you like!

When you stop making assumptions, you might be surprised by what you learn!

Read books and articles about topics you don’t know much about.

You probably know a lot of stuff already, but there are always new things to learn!

Familiarizing yourself with more topics will open your eyes to the pros and cons that come with each one. You’ll be able to have insightful conversations that mean something instead of just saying what you think someone wants to hear!

Read books

One easy way to do this is by reading books or articles about topics that interest you—and then finding out more about all the other related topics people may discuss.

And if you’re struggling with finding an article or book, ask around; chances are there’s at least one person who could help you find something.

The world is full of interesting subjects!

If you’re not sure where to start, one great place is the library. There are books and articles about everything imaginable! You could explore an entirely new topic each month for years without having read every book on it.

If you don’t know much about something, why not give yourself a chance to learn?

Challenge yourself by reading at least one book or article every week that’s completely different than what you usually read.

You’ll better understand what different people think and learn about the world as a whole. And you might even find that there are some subjects you’re interested in learning more about.

Instead of spending all of your time on the same old things, learn something new by reading about a topic you don’t know much about.

Once you start learning about things you don’t know much about, you’ll find tons of exciting subjects you are interested in learning more about.

You’ll expand your horizons and find out what interests you in the process.

It’s also a great way to learn about new cultures because so many different people write about their own experiences with various topics every day! You can easily combine your interests into something super interesting, too.

Exploring all of the alternatives available to us is one of the best ways to see what makes life worthwhile. And guess what? Books make it easy!

Reading at least one book or article every week will help expand your worldview and teach you more than you ever thought possible in no time!

Not only books.

One thing I like to do is pick up an old newspaper, magazine, blog post, or novel I haven’t seen before – just because they’re dated doesn’t mean their ideas aren’t still interesting and meaningful!

It’s easy to fall into the habit of assuming that other people just know more than we do, but that doesn’t have to be true!

It may seem like a big deal at first because you’re used to living in your own little bubble of life experience, but if you stick with it, you’ll see how much easier it is than you thought.

No matter their background or interests, everyone has something new to learn from someone else.

Listen to podcasts from people who have different points of view than your own.

Listening to podcasts from people with different points of view than your own will get you out of your bubble and give you a chance to learn about what other people think.

One great way to expand your horizons is by listening to whatever kinds of podcasts pique your interest in the news or on iTunes. All you have to do is start with a simple search in Google or any podcasting app.

It’s also easy to fall into the trap of only going for the most popular podcasts, which tend to discuss similar subjects all the time – but that can be a real bummer! If you step outside of your comfort zone and try listening to something completely different, I guarantee it’ll make life more interesting for you.

You might be surprised by what you learn if you listen to podcasts from people with different points of view than your own.

If you want to expand your horizons, why not give it a shot?

Listening to podcasts from people with different perspectives is a great way to see what’s going on in the world and learn something new every day!

It’ll also show you that there are lots of exciting topics that are even worth listening to if they don’t fit into your worldview at all.

It’s OK not to agree with everything everyone says, but respecting other people’s opinions can teach us an important lesson about empathy along the way. The more we try to understand where other people are coming from, the less likely we will offend them.

Everyone has a different point of view, and we must treat that as a good thing rather than something to be afraid of.

Learn to think critically and challenge the common beliefs you were raised with. 

Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with believing in something wholeheartedly! But what if you’ve been wrong all along? And even if you’re right about everything, do you understand why?

think critically

Just because someone tells you something is true doesn’t make it so – and sometimes, we can find new information that could cause us to alter our stand on essential topics. That’s the beauty of learning: We never stop growing and evolving as human beings!

It’s not always black or white, right or wrong – and understanding how to think critically about the beliefs you were raised with is a great way to make sure your perspective stays fresh. Maybe you’ll stick with what you know, or perhaps you’ll try something new.

Regardless of the outcome, learning to develop your own opinions is one of the best ways to make sure your worldview expands over time!

Critical thinking can be hard work, but it’s enriching!

The best part of critical thinking is that it helps us realize there are always at least two sides to every story. And even if we disagree, we can learn from each other when we take a step back and try to understand where other people are coming from.

If we always believe what we’re told without question, we’ll never truly know ourselves or the world around us. So instead of just taking everything at face value, why not try looking into whatever you’re curious about?

It’s easy to let our assumptions and emotions keep us from thinking critically, but we can learn how to question the status quo with a bit of practice. Sometimes it might even be fun!

Learning to think critically is an essential talent that few people realize the importance of.

You’ll become a better problem-solver, more open-minded thinker, and overall more knowledgeable person by learning how to step back and consider all perspectives before coming to a decision.

If everyone thought the same way, the world would be a pretty dull place. We should all make an effort to learn how to think critically from time to time!

Reach out to people who are different from you and find common ground.  

Asking someone how they feel about an issue that’s important to both of you can be an excellent way for both parties involved to learn something new!

This is especially true if you’re talking to someone who has a different opinion than yours on just about everything else.

If this is the case, there are likely some important things they’ve experienced in life that have affected their worldview, too – so it’s always worth listening to them!

Understanding how other people think is a great way to understand your feelings and opinions better.

And it’s always fun to get to know someone who comes from a completely different background than you do! You never know when you might learn something that will change how you see the world for the better.

We must treat everyone with kindness and compassion because everyone has their struggles. Even if someone appears very wealthy or successful on the outside, they still have their problems, just like all human beings do!  

By learning how to approach conversations more kindly, we can begin to bridge this gap between ourselves and other people – even if we have drastically different worldviews!

We all need to learn how to be kinder toward one another if this world will ever feel more like a safe place for everyone.

Travel, travel, travel!  

The whole world is so much bigger than your backyard.

Human beings are naturally curious creatures, and there’s nothing we find more interesting than other humans. So what better way to learn about the world around you than to explore it?

Traveling allows us to take a break from our everyday lives and experience all different kinds of cultures and lifestyles in the flesh (or fins or feathers – it depends on where you’re going).

For many people, this is one of the most rewarding parts of life! We’ve heard stories of people who have traveled all around the world and met countless new friends along the way.

If you keep traveling for long enough, there’s no telling how different you might end up becoming by testing out all different kinds of new things.

travel 1

It’s not just the world itself that’s so much bigger than where you’re from – it’s also the people in it!  

Seeing the world with your own eyes is one of the best ways to gain new perspectives on life. There are so many people in this world who have lived very different lives than you ever will – and we must take some time to find out what their experiences have been like.

Traveling is more than just seeing cool places, though. It’s about learning how other people live, think, and feel.

It doesn’t even need to be a particularly long trip for you to learn something important about yourself or the way you see things!

Think about why people do certain things (like greeting each other with a kiss on each cheek), what they value (like children or family), and what they find interesting (like sports, literature, art, etc.).

When you’re planning your trip, try to set some goals for yourself that can help in your personal growth!

You might decide that you want to learn more about the country’s language where you’re traveling. Or maybe you want to learn how to make a particular dish from an area in the world you’ve always wanted to explore.

Whatever your goals might be, it’s important to set them before you start planning and traveling so that you can walk away from your experience with a better understanding of yourself and others.

The people you meet while traveling can be some of the kindest, silliest, funniest, and most influential people you’ll ever meet.

You might find yourself surrounded by strangers who are nothing like you at all – but still have the power to change the way you see life ultimately. 

Find out about other cultures by reading or watching movies from those countries.

Visiting foreign countries is great, but it’s not always easy to do. Luckily, there are many movies out there made by people from other countries that allow us to learn more about different cultures without even having to leave our homes!

It can be fascinating to read about another culture’s history, traditions, and customs. How did the people in that country treat each other hundreds of years ago? Or during periods of war or famine? Do they have any holidays that are similar to ours?

Just like you might learn about your own country by reading its history, it’s also interesting to know more about other countries histories and traditions.

Have you ever watched a foreign film that was really funny because it had jokes and references that only people from that country would understand? That’s kind of like what reading about another culture is like, too!

Even if you don’t understand the movie’s language, it’s still fascinating to see how other people express themselves in film.

Learning about other cultures can be a lot of fun, too! We all have our unique ways of living, and most of the time, they are pretty fascinating.

You might find that you learn something new about yourself along the way, too!

Everyone has their preconceived notions about how things work in different places or for people with diverse backgrounds.  

Familiarizing yourself with some international cinema is a great first step toward broadening your worldview. And it’s also just plain cool to discover more about what life is like on the other side of the globe!  

It’s easy to get stuck in a lifestyle that feels comfortable and safe.

That can be wonderful for some people, but sometimes we all need an exciting change of pace to remind us why we’re here on this extraordinary planet!  

We are all made up of different cultures – no two human beings are the same, ever. This means that each of us is shaped by our own unique experiences and interactions with other people. It’s no wonder why we think, act, feel, and believe so differently!  

If you want to broaden your worldview by learning about other cultures, there are endless opportunities for you out there. Foreign movies or TV shows, books, manga, comic books, music, and even some computer games are great ways to get more familiar with people from other parts of this big world! 

Acknowledge that everyone has different opinions & beliefs.

different opinions

No two people on Earth are the same! That means everyone is shaped uniquely by our experiences, backgrounds, and points in life.

Think about this: if we’re all made up of different cultures in some ways, doesn’t it make sense that we might have different opinions or beliefs?  

It’s good to recognize that not everyone has the same point of view as you do when it comes to certain things – but don’t let it get you down! The truth is that no matter how different your opinions are from your friends, family members, teachers, or bosses, none of them are right or wrong.

It’s essential to keep an open mind when it comes to other people’s beliefs – but knowing for sure how you feel about something is just as valid!

Every person on Earth has their point of view.

So even if yours isn’t popular with everyone else around you, don’t forget that it’s still the truth for you! 

Remind yourself that no matter how different someone seems, the reasons behind their thinking process are what make them unique!  

The fact is life would be pretty boring if everything stayed the same all the time and we all thought and felt exactly alike.  

Having different opinions/beliefs helps us learn more about ourselves in the long run, too! We may think certain things are right or wrong for a while, but eventually, something might happen that makes us see how silly it was to have believed in our way of thinking so strongly.

Question your beliefs.

It’s important to question your beliefs now and then because when you do, it just might help you grow into a stronger version of yourself.  

It can be tough to understand why someone else might have an opinion that doesn’t match yours. Remember that not empathizing with other people’s views is a one-way ticket to becoming a rather closed-minded individual.  

If you want to be more open-minded, it’s important to remember that not knowing everything is OK! It means you’re willing to learn and grow, and that’s something we can all be grateful for.  

Remember: every opinion is different – even though they might seem crazy or confusing at first, there’s more to “it” than meets the eye!  

Everyone is entitled to their personal opinions and beliefs. Still, it’s essential to acknowledge that what works for one person might not work for someone else, especially regarding politics, religion, and other controversial topics.  

Keep an open mind.

It’s always possible that someone who seems to be completely different from you might just have a point, and it’s important to keep an open mind to learn more about yourself.  

Not only that, but it’s also important to recognize that everyone has their own experiences and opinions based on what they’ve been through in life. These things might cause someone to think or feel differently than we do, and that is totally OK!  

It can be really easy to get hung up on our thoughts and ideas about the world, but it’s important to remember that others might have different ones.  

Some may influence us more than others, but learning about other people’s viewpoints is one of the best ways to become a well-rounded individual who can understand different points of view.  

The best way to do this is just by trying to be more open-minded every day!

Be kind always!

The last step on this list is pretty simple: always try to be kind to everyone you meet!  You never know what someone else might be going through at any given moment – their own opinions or experiences might cause them to act in a way that seems strange or rude- especially when we don’t like them.

It’s tempting to label people who disagree with us as stupid or “wrong,” but this attitude isn’t very open-minded; it doesn’t allow us to grow personally by learning more about why other people approach things differently than we do.  

The importance of being kind.

Being kind is one of the most important things you can do to be more open-minded! It means you’re willing to see things from another’s perspective without judgment.

If someone is kind to you, you feel better about yourself because you are treated with respect. Kindness isn’t just opening a door for someone or buying soup for your sick neighbor. Even when treating yourself kindly counts! Be nice to yourself – don’t criticize mistakes or flaws you notice in your appearance, and don’t judge how much time you spend on hobbies as ‘wasting time.

Being generous with compliments and being able to laugh at your own mistakes and those of others is a great way to be more open-minded!

Try your best to see yourself and other people as kind, thoughtful beings. You might start noticing things about others and yourself you never would have otherwise!

Conclusion

Learning to be more open-minded is a great way to keep yourself from feeling stuck in a rut. And by taking a few minutes out of your day to broaden your horizons, you’ll learn so much about the world around you and even more about how other people think!  

Thank you so much for reading my article! If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to share it on Facebook or Twitter. It would mean the world to me!  

I hope that something in here was helpful and enjoyable for you – and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below.

Author

  • Marcella Raskin is a passionate and articulate writer who has dedicated her life to studying human potential. She has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Purpose Coaching, Group Life Coaching. She loves helping women (and men) explore themselves through writing, which allows for an exploration into one's thoughts on entrepreneurship or personal development topics such as mindset-shaping techniques that can positively shape someone's perspectives about themselves when they don't think it could ever happen! She practices sports and has studied Exercise Physiology. She is married and the mother of two girls.

Leave a Comment