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7 Reasons Late Sleepers Are Amazing Friends

7 Reasons Late Sleepers Are Amazing Friends

Sleeping in has negative connotations. It’s mostly because the people who consistently hit snooze are often caught running late and leaving others waiting. But sleeping in is not as big of a deal as its made out to be. In fact, people who sleep in are often better friends than those who get up early.

Here are seven reasons why:

1). You Can Connect with Them

Somebody who is well-rested is easier to connect with. People who sleep in are rarely meeting you for coffee at 6:30 AM before their big meeting. They’re also not squeezing you in between dance practice and their networking event.

Instead, people who sleep in move at a slower pace and make their connections more meaningful. You’ll never have to run a background check on a late sleeper if you have one as a friend or acquaintance because they are among the most trustworthy people you’ll ever meet, with no hidden agenda. They have more time to devote to spending quality time together. As an added bonus, that free time means that they are not thinking about other things when you’re hanging out.

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2). They Remain Forever Young

People who allow themselves to sleep in aren’t caught up in the rat race. They don’t suffer from the hyper-competitiveness that plagues so many people after age 25. This keeps them feeling young and stops them from aging prematurely.

They’ve still got priorities. They’re just not so tightly wound.

Everyone needs someone like this in their life to keep you from spiraling out of control. After all, have you ever seen wrinkles and gray hairs on someone who sleeps until noon?

3). They Appreciate Their Alone Time

People who like to sleep can appreciate the time they spend alone. They’re often dreamers who enjoy spending time exploring the depths of their imaginations.

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This makes them amazing friends because they can do things alone. They don’t need to call you for lunch every single day. You can take a trip together and spend some restorative time apart without questioning your friendship.

Having someone who loves you but does not need to be next to you all day is refreshing because you can grow as friends and as individuals. That is the best and longest-lasting kind of friendship.

4). They Reflect on Their Actions

Late sleepers are more contemplative than other people. It makes them great friends because they don’t jump the gun when thinking about important things. They are less likely to blame you for something you didn’t do because they thought too fast. Instead, they’re more likely to take responsibility for their shortcomings.

This translates into less drama, zero resentment and an awesome friendship.

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5). They Have a Calm Aura

Everyone needs that one friend who projects a calm aura because that calmness is infectious. If you spend even a few minutes alone with them, you begin to feel better.

Their calm nature also makes them better listeners. They are more likely to listen to you when you are in distress than to jump in and offer their own advice. Then, when you’re all worked up they can bring you back down to earth with a soft landing.

6). They Work Smart, Not Hard

It is incorrect to say that people who sleep in are lazy. In fact, they’re more productive than most because they get the sleep they need and then work during their most productive hours. More importantly, they rank working smart over working hard.

It does not matter who you are, everyone can use a lesson in working productively. At the very least, it is inspiration; but if you’re not careful, your friend’s approach to sleep and life can change the way you do everything.

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7). They Don’t Care What Others Think of Them

Adults who choose to sleep past 7:30 AM don’t care what other people think of them. Rather than focusing on other people’s opinions, they do what they want because who do you sleep for if not for yourself?

Having one friend who does not care about the petty opinions of others will help you remember that your ex’s mother’s sister was not right about you.

Everyone needs a late sleeper in their life. Not only do they help calm you down but they help you achieve a more balanced perspective on life. Late sleepers might often be late but they are definitely worth the wait.

Featured photo credit: Diego F. Garcia P 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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