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19 Things That Only People With A Roommate Would Understand

19 Things That Only People With A Roommate Would Understand

Ah, roomies! You love them; you hate them; you wish they would leave; you wish they would come home. All of this ambivalence makes you wonder if you are developing a split personality! Take heart – it’s not a psychosis; it’s just normal roommate existence. And, if you currently have a roommate or have had one, then you will understand all of the following:

1. You have masking tape and Scripto pens in the fridge and the food cupboard

Food items, after all, have to be labeled, if they are to have the life span the owner intends for them. And this especially goes for leftover Chinese and pizza.

2. You sometimes wish you could put a line down the middle of your shared bedroom with duct tape

It’s sort of like when you traveled in the back seat of the car with your sibling – keep your crap on your side of the room!

3. You come home, there is a sock on the bedroom doorknob…

…and you know you will be sleeping in the chair tonight. Oh well, it’s not like your roomie hasn’t done the same for you!

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4. You decide to record “Criminal Minds” because you’ll be at work tonight…

…but there’s no recording space left, because “someone” has recorded 30 episodes of the “Housewives of New Jersey.”

5. You wonder who raised the “slob” you are living with

while they are wondering who raised the OCD neat freak they are living with.

6. You make a solo trip to the non-discount grocery store to splurge on your favorite Pepperidge Farm cookies

and you sneak in your room when roomie is at class so you can hide them in your special place. You eat them in the middle of the night, in the dark.

7. You carry your heavy load of dirty clothes to the laundry room, only to find items in there that are not yours

Someone thought they could sneak them in, and you would not discover it until they were washed, dried and ready to be folded.

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8. You get up super early

to try to get your “one night stand” out of the apartment before your roommates wake up and have a good hard look at him/her.

9. You stay awake until an ungodly hour waiting for someone to come home.

Why? Because you are convinced the newest incarnation of Jack the Ripper is outside your window.

10. You discover your Pepperidge Farm cookies have been “hacked”

and you now have to find a new hiding place.

11. You find a “science experiment” in the fridge

and you wonder why your roommate is trying to make penicillin out of bread.

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12. You get up in the middle of the night to pee, trying to be most considerate and quiet

until you stumble over some “stray human” on the floor.

13. You wonder why a full roll of toilet paper this morning is completely gone tonight, and the holder of extra rolls is empty

Whose job was it to buy toilet paper last week anyway?

14. You are looking for some quiet time to sleep or study

and your room has been turned into the equivalent of a party bus. Or your roommate is looking for quiet, and it’s your turn for the bus.

15. Your mom is in town for the day, and you bring her in for a quick visit

There’s that sock on the doorknob again, and the sounds coming from the bedroom are really obvious (and loud).

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16. You are wondering why…

…the person with the 7 a.m. class never learned how to dress and brush his/her teeth in the dark.

17. You wonder why…

…your roommate is sending you a text when s/he is on the other side of the room.

18. You look for that favorite T-shirt, only to find it dirty and in your laundry basket

The problem is, you haven’t worn it since the last time you did laundry. It must be those naughty elves at work again!

19. Your college years are over, and you are packing up your things

There, in your underwear drawer, is a new bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies, and you realize how much you will miss this person you just spent the last four years loving and hating and loving again!

Featured photo credit: I hate dorm life via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 22, 2020

11 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude Every Day

11 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude Every Day

Maintaining a positive attitude is critical when you want to achieve anything or simply improve the quality of your life. Most success literature will talk about the power of positive thinking and how important it is, but it’s often easier said than done.

In this article, you’ll find 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude no matter what’s going on in your life.

1. You Determine Your Reality

It’s important to realize that you determine your reality by the way you react to the outside world. When something happens, you get to choose whether it’s a positive or negative situation and react accordingly.

For example, if you lose your job, your first reaction will likely be one of anger, frustration, and hopelessness. However, what if you were able to turn those emotions around and look at that experience as an opportunity.

You now have the chance to find a job where you will be able to learn new skills and perhaps even be happier. And in the meantime, you have some free time to analyze what direction you want the next stage of your life to go in.

2. Start Your Day Strong

Most people have to drag themselves out of bed, and this sets a negative state of mind for their entire day. Positive people create a long-term morning ritual that reinforces how great life is and how happy they are to be alive.

I used to wake up and immediately turn on Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life to get me into a positive mood. Now I start my day by reading or listening to something positive. Whether you have 1 minute, 15 minutes, or an hour to dedicate to your ritual, you can start the day in a way that helps you feel relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

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Cultivate a positive attitude with a great morning routine.

    3. Exercise Is the Natural Feel-Good Drug

    Exercise is a great way to maintain a good attitude because of all the positive chemicals it releases into the bloodstream.

    One study found that between groups who participated in high-intensity interval training, moderate continuous training, and no exercise, those in the second group experienced the greatest drop in depressive symptoms and stress[1]. Therefore, if you’re looking to exercise to help you feel good, get your heart rate up, but don’t push too hard or you may increase overall stress.

    Also, remember that exercise can include many activities. If you don’t like running, try dancing or kickboxing instead. Put on some upbeat music to kick up the positive vibes even more.

    4. Use Books, Audio and Videos to Overload Your Brain with Positivity

    There are millions of amazing books, podcasts, and videos for you to absorb from people who are inspiring and living the life of their dreams. Tap into their positive emotions and their experience by learning how they think and what they do to create the lives they want.

    You can do this in the morning or while exercising, eating, commuting, cooking, cleaning… there’s always time for positivity.

    5. Your Language Shapes Your Thoughts

    Little changes in your language can change the way you think and how you act. Whenever someone greets you and asks how you’re doing, do you answer with “fine” or “not too bad”? Think about just what this language is communicating to others… and yourself.

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    I always answer with “great,” “fantastic,” or “amazing.” Not only does this remind me that life really is great, but it usually helps the other person shift toward a positive attitude as well.

    Also, take some time to look at the way your inner voice talks to you. Is that language positive or negative? If it’s overly critical or negative, it may be time to tap into some mindfulness meditation in order to shift your inner critic to an inner cheerleader.

    6. Hang out With Positive People

    It is often said that you will have a similar level of health, income and lifestyle as the five people you spend the most time with.

    So if you want to be fit, then start to hang out with fit people. Want to start a business? Then hang out with business owners. And if you want to be positive, make sure you’re hanging out with positive people[2].

    7. Show Your Appreciation for Others

    By appreciating others for a job well done, their outfit, or their smile, you start to cause a positive chain reaction. Stop complaining and focus on all the good others are doing around you.

    Don’t you feel great when you receive a compliment from someone else? Well, if you want to receive more, then start giving them out and watch what happens to the people around you.

    One particular study found that people who sent letters of gratitude experienced significant increases in happiness scores[3]. If you don’t feel like writing a letter, send a nice text to someone who recently helped you out, or send an email thanking your coworker for always helping pick up the slack around the office. Whatever it is, take some time to show gratitude.

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    8. Garbage In, Garbage Out

    This is an expression from programming where the result is only as good as the input. If you’re feeding yourself with negativity all day long, then it’s pretty obvious you’re going to be feeling negative as well.

    A great deal of the media thrives on negativity. Put yourself on a negativity diet (including people) and watch how much easier it is to maintain your positive attitude.

    9. Stop Negative Thoughts in Their Tracks

    It’s hard to be a constantly positive person, and negative thoughts are going to bubble up from time to time. These will be more frequent in the beginning but can decrease as you practice the tips we’re talking about. When you start to notice negative thoughts, you can use a pattern interrupt to stop them in their tracks.

    The idea is to interrupt your current thought pattern and shift to a more positive outlook. One way to do this is to set a visual or auditory cue. It can be something as simple as a bracelet you wear each day or the sound of a car passing outside your window. Whenever you see or hear the cue, use it to shift your thoughts to something positive.

    You can learn more on how to shift your mindset and negative attitudes in the following video:

    10. Live With Gratitude

    So many positive things happen during our day, and we often ignore them while letting one negative comment or event ruin our mood. It can help to keep a gratitude journal where you jot down things you are grateful for each night or during the day.

    If you’re reading this, then you probably live with a roof over your head and food in your belly, which is a daily struggle for a large portion of the world. However, we often take these things for granted and don’t realize just how great we have it.

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    Try refocusing your thoughts towards everything you do have instead of what you don’t. One study found that reflecting on past experiences with a sense of gratitude can lead to increases in both hope and happiness[4]. That’s a great reason to give it a go today.

    You can find more ways to practice gratitude in this article.

    11. Recharge Your Batteries

    One key to adopting a positive attitude is taking the time to recharge your batteries. This might mean taking a few hours on the weekend to read a positive book or taking a few weeks for a holiday.

    If you’re not in the position to travel, you can take a staycation, or have a “home holiday” where you simply switch off from the outside world and spend time doing things you love.

    Final Thoughts

    You now have 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude, but they are no use to you unless you implement them into your life.

    Start small, and pick the easiest tip or the one that you really love and introduce it into your life starting right now. Then, over time, start implementing the other tips and watch your positivity soar.

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