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8 Traits of A Person Who Loves Cooking

8 Traits of A Person Who Loves Cooking

Cooking has many benefits, including being a creative outlet and a stress reliever- just to name a few.

Here are some of the characteristic traits of people who find it blissful to spend hours creating culinary masterpieces in their kitchen:

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1. They think of cooking as free therapy

People who love to spend time in their kitchen know that after having a rough day it helps them to relieve stress. Cooking up a favorite meal helps you forget about any of the issues you were focused on during the day and instead concentrate on creating something delicious. Spending time alone in the kitchen after a long day at work allows you to simply recharge and enjoy the solitude of your kitchen.

2. They know cooking is a great procrastination tool

Cooking can be a great way to put off a mundane task, and those who love to cook know this all too well. Putting all your effort into making an elaborate meal or your favorite dessert is a great way to avoid anything that you have been dreading- if only for a little bit longer.

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3. They understand that cooking acts as a bridge between different cultures and beliefs

Cooking is a universal language. Anyone who enjoys cooking knows that when you share a common interest like cooking with someone from a different culture, you can easily form a bond. They see this as an amazing opportunity to share recipes and dishes and learn from different culinary traditions.

4. They notice the subtleties in any dish that they try

Eating out as a cook allows you to taste surprising ingredients in dishes and even potentially inspire you to try to whip up the meals in your own kitchen as well. Unusual flavors excite you and unique interpretations of dishes have you asking the waiter exactly what was added to make the food so flavorful. This might not excite your non-cook friends and family, but when you are with other like-minded cooks, going out to eat becomes a whole other experience.

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5. They know that mastering cooking skills helps you to become creative with food

As a cook, you have learned to add your own personal flair to recipes through extensive trial and error. There are no limits for you when it comes to putting a new take on a traditional favorite, because, for you, cooking is all about innovation. You also are known to whip up something delicious from the few remaining contents in your refrigerator, especially when other non-cooks claim there is no food left.

6. They know what tools to use for what dish

As someone who has logged many hours in the kitchen, you know exactly which pan to use for what type of dish- and you have a hard time holding your tongue when you see someone cooking with the wrong one. The same goes for knives and any other cooking item that you can find in the kitchen.

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7. They watch cooking shows religiously

When you are not in the kitchen cooking up a storm, you spend your downtime watching shows like MasterChef or Hell’s Kitchen. You cannot get enough of the cutthroat competition and the immense pressure to create something delicious. You secretly dream about applying to a similar TV show, wondering if you signature dish would make the cut.

8. They do not understand picky eaters

One of the best parts of cooking is experimenting with different flavors and having an open mind when it comes to trying new foods. Hence, it’s hard for you to comprehend how some people refuse to eat a certain food item if they have never tried it. You discovered some of your favorite dishes when you were tinkering in the kitchen with a new recipe and now you can’t get enough.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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