3 Reasons to Stay Up-To-Date on Political News

When most people think of politics, they don’t come up with words that evoke feelings of positivity. Consequently, political news can be tempting to avoid. But there are plenty of good arguments for why you should tune in and listen to what’s happening around the country. Here are three reasons to stay up-to-date on political news.   

  1. Make Informed Decisions When Voting

Political news gives you an in-depth picture of both politicians and keystone issues. Because you are charged with the responsibility of making an informed decision when voting, it is your job to collect as much reliable information as possible. During election seasons, news channels offer debates, town halls, interviews, and more, specifically designed to help you learn more about each candidate. Even outside of election seasons, elected officials regularly appear in the media to update the public on current events. It’s important to keep tabs on the people you vote for to make sure they are executing their campaign promises with fidelity. 

  1. Political News Can Impact Your Daily Life

It may seem like political news focuses only on the politicians themselves and stops there, but that’s not the case. The politicians we vote into positions of power propose laws. They also vote to make (or prevent) changes to existing laws. All of these updates are included under the umbrella of political news. Many of the legislative proposals affect the daily lives of everyday people, so staying informed matters. You can even make an impact in real-time by calling your local congresspeople before important votes to make sure your voice is heard.

  1. Political News Can Impact the Daily Lives of People Around You

Every time a vote or change happens in the country, it impacts someone. By staying up-to-date on political news, you can be more empathetic to people you encounter who may have been affected. Sometimes people are stressed, worried, or upset because of widespread, common issues they are facing that have been recently publicized on the news. Being informed can help you relate to others more easily because you understand the details behind their struggles. 

You have the ultimate control over the type of news you digest. There’s print, podcasts, radio, internet, cable news and much more. Choose whichever platform fits your lifestyle, find a fair and balanced source, then use it to stay in-the-know. Also, remember to mix it up occasionally to ensure you aren’t hearing only one perspective. By staying current on the latest news, you are doing your job as an American citizen to make educated decisions and keep a pulse on matters that affect you and the people in your life.

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Tips to Engage in Political Conversations Without Losing Your Cool

Election season is fast approaching and politics are filling our news and social media feeds. Undoubtedly, you’ll encounter discussions with people whose political beliefs differ from your own. While those conversations can be trying at times, the objective is to prevent them from turning into arguments. Here are three tips to help you engage in political conversations without losing your cool. 

  1. Don’t Make “A Changed Mind” Your End Goal

When you have a different point of view than someone else, it can be tempting to try to convince them to see things your way. However, for most of us, our beliefs are deeply ingrained, long-standing, and stem back to our upbringing. In many cases, people’s political leanings are formed around their own life experiences and morals. So, despite a person’s willingness to listen to opposing viewpoints, it’s unfair to expect them to suddenly abandon their deeply rooted beliefs in an effort to find a mutual understanding. You may have to agree to disagree, and that’s okay.   

  1. Be Respectful

Political conversations sometimes touch on controversial topics, sensitive matters, religious beliefs and personal moral compasses. Because broaching such delicate subjects can lead to hurt feelings, judgment and contention, these conversations are prone to heighten emotional responses. Avoid interrupting, raising your voice or being insulting. Instead, remember to remain respectful. If the conversation becomes tense, kindly let the other party know you need a breather. Take some time to attend to your feelings and return only when you’re completely calm.

  1. Know When to Walk Away

Unfortunately, not everyone will handle political conversations maturely. Some people are worthy of your time, attention and thoughts, while others are not. If the discussion is taking a turn for the worst, disengage. There are several ways to escape a wayward conversation. Try one of the following:

  • Diffuse the situation by refusing to offer counterpoints
  • Gradually change the subject to something more pleasant
  • Be honest and say you are no longer interested in continuing the conversation

It’s important to note: if you find political conversations to be divisive, you don’t have to participate in them. Politics are complex and can be triggering or anxiety-inducing for many. So, don’t feel pressured into offering input or listening to anyone else share their own. But, if you do plan to join in, keep these three tips handy.

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