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40 Risks Everyone Should Take Before Turning 40

Reader's Digest Logo By Lindsay Tigar of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 40: Though there is merit in saying 'yes'' to things outside your comfort zone, Erica Korman, psychotherapist, psychic, and spiritual life expert, also stresses the importance of 'no.' Even if you don't know exactly why you don't want to do something, work with a certain person, or have a specific experience—taking a risk in declining an opportunity builds character. 'At mid-life it's time to realize that life is short and there is not time to waste on things that don't feel good or right to you,' she says. Start with learning these effective ways to say 'no' without worrying that someone will think badly of you.

Say 'no'

Though there is merit in saying 'yes'' to things outside your comfort zone, Erica Korman, psychotherapist, psychic, and spiritual life expert, also stresses the importance of 'no.' Even if you don't know exactly why you don't want to do something, work with a certain person, or have a specific experience—taking a risk in declining an opportunity builds character. 'At mid-life it's time to realize that life is short and there is not time to waste on things that don't feel good or right to you,' she says. Start with learning these effective ways to say 'no' without worrying that someone will think badly of you.

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