Being vegan in a non-vegan world means having to learn how to deal with criticism, jokes and constantly having to explain your choices. We have some tips to help you to deal with non-vegan friends and family, especially when it feels challenging.
- Read and learn about the facts behind veganism: that means knowing the ethical, environmental and health implications. People may be genuinely interested in learning from you. Or you can use the information you know to argue your case. This is especially important for those questions/arguments that particularly annoy you.
- Listen to their arguments: don’t try to engage in a 1-way conversation. It’s much better and effective to really listen to what the other person says. And then providing your input.
- Respect and self-respect: by employing self-respect, you’re making sure you’re doing your best to get your point across, not trying to be only agreeable. On the other hand, respect the other person as well, and steer away from aggressiveness. Remember that once you didn’t know everything you know now, and aim to educating the other person, rather than convincing them at all costs.
- Know when to let it go: some people are not really looking to have an interesting conversation or learn anything. If you sense that this is the case, simply tell them you’re not interested in talking about it at that moment. It’s also good to let it go when you feel you’re under-prepared for a discussion. Let them know you’ll gather more information and is glad to talk more later.
Hope those tips help you! And let us know, what are your favourite ways of dealing with complicated discussions about veganism?