1. Make peace. If there's an ongoing conflict that somebody cannot resolve before the event, make it a point to put the whole thing on hold. Set those negative feelings aside for now and permit yourself to enjoy yourself.
2. Remember the good times. If one person is a challenge, try focusing on the good times. Maybe you've known this person your whole life. Indeed, there are good memories you can focus on instead of the ones causing you trouble. It's tough to be a bigger person, but you'll feel better in the end.
3. Focus on the food. While you don't want to go overboard, food can distract you. There is a lot of spread of appetizers, main courses, and dessert items. Grab your favourites and enjoy the party. It helps you focus more on the party.
4. Come to a peaceful resolution. If you cannot put a challenge aside, deal with the conflict individually and with a cool head. Remember, there's a greater good, and you won't be the one that starts the scene during that reunion or get-together.
5. Stay away from others' arguments. Do your best to avoid other people's conflicts if you try to stand up for somebody. Provoking the other party won't help. Instead, allow the people involved in the match to work out the situation themselves.
6. Take a breather. If things get too heated for your tastes, temporarily remove yourself. You can walk outside with your dog or let the kids play outside. You may need to relax and calm down. Decide to put aside your differences to work out your problem in a way that doesn't involve fighting.
7. Avoid turbulent topics. If you know that specific topics may cause conflict and cause a stir, ensure you don't speak up. Prevent someone else from bringing up one of these taboo topics and see how you can change the subject before the conflict escalates into something worse.
8. Adopt a positive attitude. You might be tempted to go to events with a negative attitude. It's understandable, especially if you always cross paths with people trying to cause conflicts. But if you focus on the main reason for the event before approaching, you can get through them with a smile.
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