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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 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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