It Is Okay To Say No

One thing that people find really hard to do is to say no. Often times, we find ourselves in awkward situations because we couldn’t say no.

You have to remember that saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. Saying no shouldn’t make you feel guilty. You can be a great person with a kind heart and still say no.

When someone asks for a favor and you know very well you cant deliver or you don’t want to do it, just go ahead and say no. Say no without having to explain yourself.

Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel comfortable. People-pleasing is not good for you. One important step in self-care is to stop people-pleasing.

Benefits of saying no

It will save you your freedom, time, and energy

Being a yes person and saying yes to everyone all the time means you will always have something to do for people. And that means you will always be occupied and busy.

But if you say no to people, it will save you your time and your energy.

It’s good to set boundaries

Setting boundaries is very good for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. When you learn to say no, it sets boundaries and limit how much people interfere with your life.

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It makes room for more important things

If you learn to say no to things you are not interested in, it will make room for more important things. This means that you will get time to do things that you are interested in. Things that are more important to you.

You will have time to do the things that actually matter to you and you will have even more time to rest. Whether it is picking up a new hobby, getting some yard work done, or just taking time to relax and rest.

4 benefits of saying no

10 nice ways to say no

When you say no, you don’t need any long explanations, don’t be rude or mean. Say no in a calm and polite tone.

Don’t say maybe when what you really want to say is no. Below are some nice ways to say no.

  1. Sounds nice but I am not available
  2. I am honoured that you asked me but I can’t do it.
  3. I’m sorry but I can’t help you at this time
  4. Unfortunately, it’s not a good time.
  5. I am not available at the moment, may be next time.
  6. Unfortunately, this is not something I can do right now.
  7.  I really appreciate you asking me but I can’t commit to that right now.
  8. Sorry but I cant make it, may be another time.
  9. Thanks for thinking of me but I can’t.
  10. No, thanks.
nice ways to say no


  1. December 21, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    This is such an important post! Because I realized few years ago that I have to do wherever I feel to (without hurting anyone of course) so I stopped saying yes when I didn´t want to, and started prioritizing my desires over others, but I know a lot of people that does´t work that way and then they feel sad about it, but don´t know how to change it

  2. December 21, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    It’s true, sometimes it’s too hard to say no but I’ve realised now that saying no is as important as saying yes. This was such a good read 🙂

  3. December 22, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I always hate saying no and I’m so bad at it! I hate hurting peoples feelings but this post is a good reminder that sometimes you have to! xx

  4. Monica sors
    December 22, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Love this post!
    Mónica Sors

  5. December 22, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I really need to learn to say no better! I always have a hard time. But I really love your suggestions on saying no the nice way! Thank you!

  6. December 23, 2017 / 12:50 am

    Saying no can definitely be hard at times and it takes practice, but once you find the best way to say no, it works wonders for you.

  7. December 23, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Lovely post dear 😉

  8. December 24, 2017 / 1:02 am

    I’ve always had a hard time saying no to anything. I’m going to try to incorporate some of these phrases into my life. I’m sure they will save me a lot of trouble

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Ginger
      August 6, 2020 / 10:59 pm

      “I’m going to try…..Leave the word “try” out. Try means you have a choice and not usually the best choice. Don’t “try”. Do!

  9. December 24, 2017 / 1:03 am

    Yes, it is possible to say no in a nice way – this post is the proof! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Many thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Do you want to follow each other?
    Have wonderful and happy holidays!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  10. December 25, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    This is absolutely awesome, I love it, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post. Wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!!!


  11. December 27, 2017 / 1:37 am

    I honestly LOVE this list. Saying no is definitely something I’ve been working on lately because I’m SO terrible about it. But then I overbook myself and turn into a stressed out mess! I’m snagging a few of these to use a LOT this year. I feel like this goes along with the saying that self care is NOT selfish. Saying no isn’t either!

    Susie |

  12. December 27, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I am learning to say no this year. It costs me a lot to say no, but I have to. People, including in my family, knew I couldn’t say no, and exploited me. I am still sacrificing myself in may ways, but slowly I am learning how to say no. There are 2 great quotes that I think about now: if it costs your peace, even 10 cents will be too expensive. And the other is: when you say yes to someone, be sure you are not saying no to you.This was such a great post! Hope you have a great new year with joy, health, fun and success!

  13. December 27, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Interesting post, dear! Thanks for sharing (:

    CM | XIII.

  14. Stella
    January 2, 2018 / 11:34 am

    This is sooooo great! I’m relieved! I belong to the people who needs to learn to say NO! Thank you so much for this post and the greatwas to refuse a request.

    Happy new year

  15. January 3, 2018 / 2:27 am

    Totally agree! Thanks for sharing the great tips!
    Happy New Year!

    xo, Joling

  16. January 3, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I really need to keep this in mind because I tend to complicate things for myself by refusing to say no even when I know it won’t end well. This definitely helps, thanks for sharing!

    – Avalon from

  17. January 5, 2018 / 10:44 am

    This is so important to say no sometimes but we hesitate often. I too need to learn how to say “No”.
    Thanks for this inspiring post <3
    Nice post! Have a great week ahead!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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