How to be a good winner or loser

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How to be a good winner or loser

Win or lose, the election is over.  Here are a few tips on how to manage this historic time period with grace, dignity and compassion. 

If you are cheering:

  • Take the high road and show good sportsmanship. Now is not a good time to gloat.
  • Keep in mind that this time period of emotion and uncertainty is undoubtedly going to last quite a while.
  • Remember basic schoolyard rules of winning and losing and what we teach our kids. Follow the same rules as athletic events.
  • Show respect and compassion for the "other side."
  • Know when to change the subject to something safe like the holidays or the weather.

If you are mourning:

  • Accept the outcome. The process is behind us and we need to move forward.
  • Find people you can share your views with and talk it out in person.
  • Avoid social media overload. Turn off television news and talk shows. Too much debate can just escalate your feelings.
  • Know when it's time to walk away from a conversation.
  • Take a walk. Exercise. Dive into a good book or movie or other distraction.
  • Work on discovering ways you can help make positive change.

Remember the words of President Obama: We are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what's best for this country.