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12 Great Things That Only Long-Distance Friends Would Know

12 Great Things That Only Long-Distance Friends Would Know

Do you have a long-distance friend? It can be tough having a friend that you don’t see often, but for some people, their long-distance friend is one of the most important people in their life.

Check out these 12 great things that only long-distance friends would understand:

1. You Are Used To Spending A Lot Of Time On The Computer

The computer = the easiest way to talk to your long-distance friend. You are regularly online at 2am chatting to each other and posting adorable pictures of puppies you found on Instagram on each other’s walls.

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2. Your Friendship Has Grown Stronger

When a friend moves away, either you stop talking or you make an effort to stay in each other’s lives. Your bond has grown stronger now that you both have to make an effort to stay in each other’s lives.

3. You Love Planning Future Visits

You have a savings plan in place, and you two constantly discuss visiting each other. It may be half a year away, but you can’t wait to drink wine together while taking silly selfies.

4. When Anything Important Happens, You Update them

Sister got engaged? Co-worker got fired? Trying a new diet? All absolutely essential things you must let your long-distance friend know about. In fact, you need to check in and find out how her new morning workout routine is going.

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5. You Know You Have A Friend Forever

Some friends come and go, but you know this friendship is for life; after all, your long-distance friend lives further away than your parents but somehow you visit her more often than them. Oops.

6. You Love To Reminisce Together

You still start laughing when you think about the time you two went to a water theme park, and your long-distance friend loves to bring up the time you drunkenly fell down their stairs. Lots of people roll their eyes when they realize you’re talking about the same stories over and over again, but you know they will still be hilarious when you’re both 80.

7. You Always Know How To Make Each Other Smile

It doesn’t matter that your long-distance friend isn’t always there because your best memories are all about the times you’ve spent with each other. You are always seeing things that would make them smile, so you make sure to tell them about it later.

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8. You Never Fight With Each Other

You don’t really have anything to argue about anyway, but you both treasure the friendship too much to let anything ruin it. Time is precious, and you would rather laugh and smile with your long-distance friend than fight with them.

9. You Always Have A Place To Stay

If you fancy taking a last minute trip out to see them, you know you don’t even have to ask; as long as they have a home, you have a place to stay.

10. When You Finally See Each Other, It Is Better Than You Imagined

After a few months of not seeing each other, you sometimes worry that it will be awkward and strange when you see them – but it never is. You’re already laughing within the first minute of seeing them.

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11. Your Long-Distance Friend Can Make You Laugh With Just A Sentence

You both find each other hilarious and interesting, and your online conversations are often even better than the face-to-face conversations you have with your local friends. Sometimes your long-distance friend only has to send you an emoji and you will start laughing.

12. Your Long-Distance Friend Always Has Your Back

While they may not live near you, your long-distance friend always has your back. From relationships ending, to troubles at work, they are always willing to listen to you vent about the people who have upset you.

Do you have a long-distance friendship? Share this with your long-distance friend and see what they think!

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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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