Things You Should Stop Apologizing For

Saying "I'm sorry" has become a ridiculously compulsive and all too natural response in everyday dialog. And frankly, it's getting pretty out of hand. People are just flat out apologizing too much. If you had a nickel for every time you said the s-word throughout the day, you'd probably make an extra $14.00 a week. Pretty soon people are going to be walking around apologizing for thinking and breathing and eating food and being alive! This over-apologizing has got to stop.

It's one of the strangest phenomena in the human psyche... for some reason we feel the need to take responsibility for things that actually have nothing to do with us. Most apologies fly out of our mouths before we even have a chance to give a crap about the situation we're apologizing for. And the strangest thing is that people still act touched when they receive one of these insincere, impromptu apologies.

Someone bumps into you in the store and suddenly you're apologizing to them and trying to swiftly move out of the way. Your friend tells you a terrible story about their uncle's brother's cousin's sister who broke her ankle on the stairs and there you are, stroking your friend's arm and showering them with s-words and pathetic accolades. There is a time and a place for sincere apologies, but how about a different approach? 

Who's responsible? Do women apologize too much? Do men? At the end of the day, all that matters is that we reign in this unnecessary apology epidemic. Have some self-confidence. Think about your words before you spit them out and you'll be amazed at the difference in the way you communicate with people. To help you get away from making all those hasty apologies, read through this list of things you should stop apologizing about! Vote up the apologies you're most guilty of! 

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  • Saying No to People
    1

    Saying No to People

    Sometimes you just have to say no. When you do, don't feel bad about it.
  • Wanting to Be Alone
    2

    Wanting to Be Alone

    Some people should probably spend more time alone than others. Don't feel bad when you get some quality "me time."
  • Asking Questions
    3

    Asking Questions

    Apologizing for being inquisitive can make you come off as weak. Be confident. Be curious. Be an ass-kicker.
  • Asking for Help
    4

    Asking for Help

    Don't feel bad asking for some help. Pay it forward before you apologize.

  • Being Sick
    5

    Being Sick

    Since when is sneezing a sin? Throw on your PJs and feel no shame.
  • Changing Your Mind
    6

    Changing Your Mind

    You're your own boss. Don't feel bad if you end up changing your mind about something and definitely don't apologize for it. 
  • Other People's Actions
    7

    Other People's Actions

    People need to be responsible for themselves. Only assume responsibility for your children. 
  • Your Physical Appearance
    8

    Your Physical Appearance

    You are who you are. If you want to change, do it, but don't apologize for things you're not.
  • Getting Emotional
    9

    Getting Emotional

    Do you apologize for having toes? Come on. Everyone has emotions. 
  • Having a Life
    10

    Having a Life

    Being busy isn't a sin. Don't feel bad about having a life. 
  • Not Wearing Makeup
    11

    Not Wearing Makeup

    Ugh. You probably look just fine. Shut up about it already. 
  • Being Honest
    12

    Being Honest

    The truth will set you free! Be confident, not apologetic, about the way you feel.
  • Apologizing
    13

    Apologizing

    Apologizing for apologizing is like a dog chasing it's own tail. Super meta. 
  • Things You've Already Apologized For
    14

    Things You've Already Apologized For

    If you've already apologized, let it go. Don't risk coming off as insincere. 
  • When Someone Else Bumps Into You
    15

    When Someone Else Bumps Into You

    There's no need to apologize because someone bumped into you!
  • Past Mistakes
    16

    Past Mistakes

    Don't repeat apologies for mistakes you made a long time ago.
  • Not Responding to Social Media Notifications
    17

    Not Responding to Social Media Notifications

    Never apologize for unplugging. You deserve it.
  • Not Being Interested in Someone
    18

    Not Being Interested in Someone

    You can't help who you love. Don't go apologizing to the people you don't.
  • What You're Wearing
    19

    What You're Wearing

    Rock it. Own it. Screw what everyone else thinks. 
  • Staying in Bed All Day
    20

    Staying in Bed All Day

    Why would you apologize for having one of the best days of your life? Think about it. 
  • Not Being in the Mood for Sex
    21

    Not Being in the Mood for Sex

    Whatever the reason, sometimes you're just not feelin' it. Don't grovel! Just go to sleep.
  • Not Calling Someone Back Right Away
    22

    Not Calling Someone Back Right Away

    Don't let the 21st century dictate your life. You owe zero apologies. 
  • When There's Something Nasty in Your Food
    23

    When There's Something Nasty in Your Food

    You don't have to be a jerk but you also don't have to feel bad about it. 
  • Not Really Being Sorry
    24

    Not Really Being Sorry

    If you don't mean it, don't apologize.

  • When the Meal You Cooked Didn't Turn Out Perfectly
    25

    When the Meal You Cooked Didn't Turn Out Perfectly

    There's nothing more annoying than an apologizing chef. If you cooked someone a meal, they should be gracious.