How to stop hating people in 21 days

She just pointed to the ducks and made a slobbery joke about my webbed toes, didn’t she? I hate her!

If there’s one thing I excel at, it’s hating people. In fact, I’m doing it right now! I’ve been practicing since I first emerged from my mother’s womb and silently started feuding with this one nurse who was judging me like I was some sort FREAK with WEBBED TOES. I don’t care if it was true or not, which it was. If memory serves, just as she was swaddling my little tooshie, I wiggled all eight of my toes and had an IBS attack all over her, booyah.

But the thing about hating people? It’s hard work. And I’m lazy. I want that weird thing that people talk about all the time in such never-gonna-get-it terms. No, not sex, you rascal, you. I want a big pile of money. But if I have to settle for happiness, the last thing I want to do is work for it without compensation. So that’s why I’ve decided to rewire my brain via the daily techniques described in Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage. Advantage schadvantage, I have to do this $*&% for 21 days in a row, and I’m going to hate every fulfilling moment of it.

Step 1: Write down 3 things I’m grateful for (without laughing). You should see some of the phone-it-in platitudes I’ve written so far, and it’s only day 4. I hate it when they flutter through my head at unexpected moments, making it harder for me to hate something. Does that mean it’s working? Or just that I memorize my own writing because I still think everything in life is going to be on THAT ONE TEST I DIDN’T STUDY FOR?

Step 2: Write for 2 minutes a day about a positive experience from yesterday. Dear Journal: This one makes me feel like a home-schooled 13-year-old from the 1950’s who hasn’t been made fun of enough.

Step 3: Exercise for 10 minutes a day. I picture Shawn Achor to be the kind of guy who goes to the gym to ride the elliptical for 10 minutes and be friends with people the other 50. Well, there’s me over on the treadmill, killing cartilage for the whole hour and trying to avoid making friendly eye contact with Shawn. Clearly, this makes me more deserving of happiness than him. I win! (Update: I’ve sworn off the gym with Shawn A. in favor of Insanity with Shawn T., and I’ve never looked better than everyone else.)

Step 4: Meditate for 2 minutes. This sounds an awful lot like praying to me, so … I’ve been skipping this one. I’ll do it tomorrow, I swear. I’m going to meditate about it tonight (while sleeping) to get myself good and ready to dump all my problems on a higher power in the morning.

Step 5: Write a creepy note to a colleague thanking or praising them. Yeah, I’m sure that’s just what “Linda” wants to see first thing in the morning: a half-hearted note from me about what a good job she did staying awake during that transpondster 101 meeting yesterday (that I didn’t go to).

Join me, why don’t you, on this incredible journey of happiness discovery. Let’s be miserable together in the comments section!

And you should probably download a free sample chapter of The Edumacation of Jay Baker while you’re at it, sorry, don’t hate me because I’m desperate.


11 thoughts on “How to stop hating people in 21 days

  1. I just allow myself to actively hate someone so much that after a few days it burns out and I don’t even think about them anymore. It’s much easier, and I don’t even have to talk to anyone else about it or write any letters though I do try to hula-hoop for 15 minutes at least five days a week. Did you know you can read a book while hula-hooping? You can.

  2. You know, I simply lock the front door and act like I am not home 99.99% of the time. This keeps the “good ones” in and the arse holes out…smart huh?

  3. Who are you and why are you so funny? No seriously I cannot stand the majority of creation. You should keep up with this. I am interested in seeing how it turns out.

  4. Great article! Webbed toes are a dominant gene, for the record; we poor swimmers of the un-webbed toe variety are actually the freaks here. Also, hating people, for me, feels like a really strong habit (i.e. heroin), one that seeks reinforcement in every single human interaction I have…seems like once you start in on the hatin’, you are constantly (consciously or not) looking for evidence to support the way you feel.
    I guess the trick would be to un-train your mind and try to enter new interactions with impartial clarity (ha), or start to recognize (in the hatin’ moment) that you’re actually in control of your own thoughts and force yourself to delay/replace the negative feelings with positive ones. (In simpler terms: look for good stuff, not bad.) Sounds good, right? Needs more testing. :)

  5. Hi, everyone!!! I hate one person because she humbled me in front of everyone I know…what can I do to forget what happened, and leave in peace???

    • I “Googled” “how to stop hating someone” because I feel hatred towards someone (actually most people) and I came up with your blog. It lightened my mood. Thanks!

  6. I love this article that you wrote! I was searching for something on how to not hate my ex husband who is dead now. I feel like now that he’s passed I hate him more. Wtf?

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