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15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

1.They understand that you have responsibilities and don’t tease you about it.

True friends understand if you have a family to hang out with, school work to complete, or a job to go to- and they don’t give you a hard time because of it. They understand that you cannot do Thirsty Thursday because you need to wake up on Friday to make sure the bills get paid.

2.They are there for you no matter what.

It doesn’t matter what time you call them, they will be there for you. They might not be happy about waking up to come get you, but they will.

3.They are there to help you move.

This is usually when you separate your casual friends from your real friends because everyone hates moving. So the ones that will help you move, (with maybe a six pack as payment), are your true friends.

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4.They don’t keep track of the favors they do for you, and you do the same for them.

There isn’t a score board between you two because there is no need for one. You spot them money for food this time, because they bought food for you last time. It’s not a problem.

5.There are countless social media exchanges

Usually, no one else understands the jokes and memes you both share on each other’s pages, but who cares! The two of you understand and that is all that matters!

6.They are happy that you are succeeding in life

They are legitimately happy that you are succeeding. This is not the fake kind of happy either…you know, the kind of happy where they secretly hate you and feel the need to one-up your stories of success?

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7.They are honest

They will tell you when your makeup is not on fleek, and when you need to redraw your eyebrows- or if the person you’re dating is a waste of time (regardless of how you feel about your knight in shining foil).

8.They can reminisce with you the entire night

Real friends don’t always need to go out and rage to have fun. They are completely fine with sitting back and reliving the times when you did rage on a Friday night…

9. But they are also eager to make new memories

Just because they love to reminisce with you doesn’t mean that you have stopped making new memories together.

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10.They don’t even let you finish the whole joke

This is mainly because they have heard the punchline a million times before and are already laughing.

11.They have been a taxi service when you needed a ride

Your real friends have woken up at 5am in the morning before to give you a ride to the airport- and you have done the same for them. They have also stayed up until the early hour of 3am, sober, to drive you home after having a fun night out.

12.They helped you climb up from rock bottom

Real friends stick with you when times get tough. They remind you that things will always get better and help you get out of the hole you’re in. True friends stay behind to help you, and they make the fair-weather friends that scatter like roaches look awful.

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13.Their closet is half yours. Yours is half theirs.

Whose sweater is this, anyway? It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s in someone’s closet so you can both wear it in the future.

14.They still love you after seeing you projectile vomit everywhere.

They have seen the gross and disgusting side of you, and they have probably been there themselves. They may make you clean up the puke off their walls, floors, guest bed and everywhere else- but they still love you.

15. They are your other half- which creates a whole idiot.

They have been, and will always be, there to create, love, and cherish the craziest and stupidest moments in your life.

Featured photo credit: Friendship- Paulo Otávio via flickr.com

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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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