Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
–Napoleon Hill quotes
To be honest, I’m not really familiar with this idiom or expression until today. One of my close friends told me to always give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give somebody the benefit of the doubt. (click here for examples)
It is to believe something good about someone, rather than something bad, when you have the possibility of doing either.
I’ve always been a pessimist person. I take things negatively and when a close friend or even a family member does things that’s out of my perimeter I get mad easily and think of something ridiculous. Like whenever I’m offended, heard harsh words, not talking to me or even a sudden flash of anger, I always think negatively about it and to them. I ended up feeling bad and irritated and oftentimes leads to a long time misunderstanding. But, it’s not always the case because sometimes, other people especially those who’re not close to us often mean real harm. However, either way, you should always give them the Benefit of the doubt.
You should always think about the lighter side of it and think about why they did those things, the other positive reasons about it. I think that, this kind of attitude on things will help a person to loosen up the negative energy around. I did it today and I’ll try to do it as often as possible.