Got asked to go to a party, but rather stay home and watch Netflix? Here's how to decline the invite—the right way.
When you’re invited to a party or asked to dinner, you basically have two choices: Attend or pass on the offer. If you want to attend, the invitation is obviously welcome. But what if you can’t go or just don’t want to? You can, of course, decline the offer, but there’s a right (and wrong) way to do it.
Thank the host for the invite
“Acknowledge the gift of the invitation,” says Helen Odessky, PsyD, a Chicago-based clinical psychologist and author of Stop Anxiety From Stopping You. Saying “thank you so much for inviting us” lets your pal know that you care that they thought of you and minimizes any rejection that they may feel, Odessky says. Then, to bridge the relationship, ask her how the event was next time you see her.
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