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Sick Little Girl Gets Trapped In The Hospital, Construction Workers Cheer Her Up In An Amazing Way

Sick Little Girl Gets Trapped In The Hospital, Construction Workers Cheer Her Up In An Amazing Way

It’s the little things…

In life we never know how our small acts of kindness can profoundly affect the life of a complete stranger. One small act–that we barely have to think about or takes us no time to perform–could impact a life forever.

For 2- year- old Vivian and her family it began in February of 2015. Vivian had been diagnosed with Leukemia and was being treated in a hospital directly across from a massive construction project.

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Two construction workers noticed her in the window and waved.

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    Touching others, touches you…

    When Travis Barnes and Greg Combs noticed the cute little girl waving from a hospital window, naturally they waved back. As time progressed, an emotional connection began to form and they saw themselves looking forward to seeing their little friend in the window. She was always smiling and waving enthusiastically.

    It struck the two men, that this little girl was sick–and the world of her and her family had stop turning–was redirected and began to revolve around her sickness. While she was in the window smiling and waving she was simultaneously fighting for her life.

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    The interaction took on new meaning for the two construction workers.

    Kindness perpetuates itself

    Travis and Greg decided to make their greeting a bit more meaningful. They had never actually met Vivian or her family as she was isolated due to her illness–but they wanted to send her a message. So Travis and Greg took the time to climb up onto a higher section of the construction site and painted “Get Well Soon” on one of the beams.

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      Needless to say, the family was deeply touched and the story has sense gone viral. The local news station covered the story and asked the men why they did it. They talked about the life perspective they were able to gain in those moments and were able to empathize with the family as they have children of their own.

      Since writing that message, Vivian has gotten well enough to have outside visitors and Travis and Greg have visited Vivian and her family in the hospital. That one act of kindness, created and experience which has left an indelible mark on all involved.

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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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