No matter where in the world you live, there’s a good chance you interact with other people of different cultures at least once in a while. For us all to understand and get along with each other, it’s important we learn about different cultures and practise cultural acceptance. If you want to become a better, more accepting person, here are six ways you can embrace cultural acceptance.
6 ways to embrace cultural acceptance
Become self aware
Before you can accept other cultures, you first need to understand your own. Take a little time to reflect on your own beliefs and really think how they impact the way you see others. Some things that change how you see other people include your:
- Ethnic background
- Income level
- Education level
When you understand your own culture better, you’re in a superior position to adopt cultural acceptance.
Keep an open mind
Don’t let any preconceived ideas you have of other cultures color your feelings toward other people. Instead, keep an open mind and be ready to learn something new and interesting. Being upbeat about trying new foods and being respectful when someone greets you in a way you’re not familiar with are two very simple ways of showing others you accept their culture and shun stereotypes.
Research other cultures
One of the easiest ways to become more accepting of other cultures is to understand more about them. Thanks to the internet being such an amazing resource, you can learn all kinds of things about other cultures online. For example, if you want to find out more about Japanese culture, you could research the history of Japan. Or if you want to learn more about African culture, you could research African traditions.
An even better way to learn more about other cultures is to ask someone in person about their customs and beliefs. As long as you’re understanding and respectful, people are usually more than happy to discuss these kinds of things. By simply asking a question about the food someone is eating, the clothes they are wearing or their religious practises is a great way to show an interest in other people and is a guaranteed way to expand you knowledge of other cultures.
Stand up for other cultures
Speaking up to protect the rights of other cultures is another excellent way to show cultural acceptance. Whether you’re at school, work or just in your local community, you can let others know that people as a whole will not stand for cultural discrimination, even when it’s accidental. For example, if a co-worker is making culturally insensitive jokes at the office, you can let them know that you understand they don’t intentionally mean any harm, but what they’re saying is offensive to you and others.
Teach your children
Your children really are a reflection of yourself. So for you to fully accept other cultures, you need to make sure your children understand the importance of cultural acceptance, too. Sit down with them at an early age and teach them about different cultures and the significance cultural tolerance. When a child understands that it’s wrong to discriminate against others and sees their parents being accepting of other people, they’re much more likely to embrace cultural acceptance, too.
Do you have some advice to share on how to embrace cultural acceptance? Share them in a comment below and help others in the process.