Wanting, of course, to be happy and satisfied with your current state, avoiding judgment would then be a best practice. There are numerous benefits to avoiding judgment of others. Here are just three...
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety -- When judging someone, you're really wishing they were different or wishing you were different. The situation, the event, the person... you just think it should be different and all that wishing zaps you of energy creating stress and anxiety. If, on the other hand, you can tell yourself that person has an opinion based on their experience and I have one based on mine. Neither is right or wrong. They are just different, the stress and anxiety go away. (Stop arguing about the 'right' way to fold the laundry. Resolve it in your head that you simply have your way and your family has theirs. All that matters is that the laundry was folded, not how.)
- Your World Opens Up to New Experiences -- When passing judgment, you're essentially putting yourself in a box closing off the possibility of a new experience. You're telling yourself and others that you already know the outcome which isn't possible. By giving all the power to past experiences telling yourself that the world (and you) are incapable of change, you are also closing yourself off from the possibility of a good experience. Change happens every day in a multitude of ways and being open to new experiences can be a benefit. (How else will you discover that truffle infused risotto is amazing or that riding on a train or subway is an acceptable option for transportation?)
- It leads to satisfaction -- Who doesn't want to lead a more satisfying life? We all do. Reducing the amount of judgment in which you engage can increase your level of satisfaction because it eliminates some worry. Have you ever noticed how 'happy go lucky' children are? Well, part of the reason is that they don't expend energy judging. They simply enjoy the moment for what it is. You see, judging isn't all that we do. When judging, we then have a need to do something about the result of our judgment. We need to change someone or fix something when often times it's not necessary. This elevates your level of dissatisfaction. Take a lesson from a child and let it go. Find the beauty in every situation, be open minded, and you will find yourself more satisfied.