7 Unique Ways To Build Patience

Most of us want to be more patient. In fact, a lot of us need to be more patient.

…But developing patience can be difficult and it can take years to develop it. Although some of us are more patient than others, we all could use a some more tips on how to harness our patience a bit better.

Here are 7 unique ways we can build patience.

Read. Reading requires patience. Set a goal to finish reading a book in a certain amount of time. Before you know it, you are thinking about what you are reading, not about whatever made you impatient. In the end, not only will you have finished reading a book (and maybe learned something!) but you will have developed some patience in the process.

Gain a different perspective. One of the biggest shifts in perspective you can have is to shift your focus off of yourself and onto others. If you shift the focus off of yourself and start thinking about others, your patience should start to grow. This is especially effective if you have issues being impatient around others.

Pray. If you are the religious sort and you want to be more patient, try praying. Your faith may help your patience grow.

Gardening. Gardening requires patience and persistence. The process of planting can take months for you to see results. If you want more patience, grow orchids. They can take months – or years – to bloom. There are also a host of other therapeutic benefits from gardening. If you grow herbs or veggies, you could also reap healthy benefits.

Cook from scratch. Avoid the microwave and cook strictly from scratch. Not only will you develop some patience, you will eat healthier, the food will be tastier, and your family will be impressed.

Draw. Drawing requires a mental focus that develops patience. If you do not know how to draw, try to learn how – this potentially long process will require even more patience.

Learn how to play an instrument or a new language. Learning how to play a musical instrument requires diligence and patience, especially for adults. Learning a new language requires time and the ability to focus on future results, all the while developing patience.

These are 7 relatively simple ways to try and improve your patience. You might want to focus on one or two, or give all of them a try. The key is to really dedicate yourself to the tasks you choose.