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5 Reasons Why Couples With Different Nationalities Are Happier

5 Reasons Why Couples With Different Nationalities Are Happier

Dating someone from a different country can open the door to a whole other world where there is a firsthand opportunity to learn about varying cultures and traditions. Conversations are rarely dull, because of the wide selection of topics that are available to discuss. Visits home to see friends and family mean opportunities to travel abroad.

Here are some benefits that those dating someone from a different nationality enjoy.

1. They get to experience the best of both worlds.

Celebrating holidays and traditions from both countries allows these couples to be more open-minded and cultured. Understanding the stories behind a country’s special days is important to understanding another culture as a whole. And let us not forget the food that is guaranteed to play a role in the relationship, as well as the ability to share with one another favorite comfort foods from home. There is nothing like a homemade dish that has been passed down in the family for decades.

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In these situations, it is quickly realized that food is a universal language.

2. They can learn a new language.

Dating someone from a different country allows for the opportunity to practice a particular language with a native and motivation to become more fluent. Not only is there a willing language partner to converse with, but there is also exposure to the language orally when a partner is talking on the phone to family or friends.

An added bonus is the ability to practice the language firsthand either by living in the country or visiting a partner’s family and friends.

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3. They provide a new outlook on each others countries.

Dating someone who is from a different country provides the ability for both parties to realize things about their countries that they might have never noticed before. Certain customs or even small everyday things that may seem ordinary to a native can be a fascinating point of interest for a foreigner. For example, in the U.S. there is a dizzying array of choices everywhere you go, from deodorant to spaghetti sauce. In other countries, this is not always the case and it can be overwhelming for those who are not used to this wide selection.

This new outlook on daily routines provides excitement and an appreciation for things that would have been easily overlooked.

4. They have new appreciation for sports and their teams abroad.

Soccer might not be as popular in the U.S. as it is in England, for example, but date someone who is from there and it is hard not to see the appeal of Manchester United. The opposite is true as well — watching American football or baseball can become a guilty pleasure for someone who has grown up only watching soccer their whole entire lives.

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Having a partner from another country also gives new meaning to major sporting events like the World Cup or the Superbowl. Watching games with a converted fan puts a whole new spin and added excitement on game day.

5. They have a deeper appreciation for foreign policy and international politics.

It is easier to put into context the importance of other countries’ politics and their relationship with other countries when dating someone from a different nationality. Learning about the importance of politics from a different country and how that influences your country and the world suddenly seems to make much more sense, especially after learning a thing or two about how a particular country is governed. It definitely makes more sense than it did in “Beginning to World Politics” in university.

A new appreciation for the World section of the New York Times or local paper is highly likely.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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