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Study Finds That Travelers Are More Trusting And Less Prejudiced

Study Finds That Travelers Are More Trusting And Less Prejudiced

If there is anything that we should not miss doing in our lifetime, it is traveling. If you get the opportunity to be a traveler, never say no. Because when you get back home, you will be a different person. Researchers can back up this claim.

In a paper [1], researchers had made five studies to find out about the effect of foreign travel on a person’s level of trust and their willingness to be charitable. Does traveling make a person more trusting and charitable? They found out that yes, traveling indeed does make a person more trusting and more charitable.

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So how did they find out about it?

The researchers used Mark Twain’s quote in his book Innocents Abroad as an inspiration:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

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The researchers made five studies. The studies revealed that the number of countries traveled, and not the amount of time spent traveling, predicted trust level. The researchers have concluded that the more countries a person has traveled to, the more trusting the person is.

The researchers found out about this through a survey to participants before and after traveling abroad. The surveys revealed that those who traveled to more places were more trusting.

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On another experiment that the researchers made, they gave a survey to undergraduates about their foreign travels and feelings of trust. Again, the survey revealed that those who visited more countries were more trusting.

There were more than 700 people that participated in the studies. One limitation of the surveys, however, is that they only reflected the participants’ attitudes and beliefs.

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The researchers also created a game where one participant decides how much of a $10 endowment to send to another person. The researchers told the “sender” that whatever amount is sent will triple in value when in gets to the “receiver.” And then the “receiver” will decide how much of this tripled amount he or she will want to return to the sender.

And in their last experiment, the researchers found out that those who went to places that are more different with their home country became more trusting than those who went to places that are more similar to their home country.

So now we have more proof that we should not take traveling for granted. This research proves that traveling to many different places broadens the mind and makes us more trusting and less prejudiced. This gives us more reason why we should choose to be travelers: because it will, in fact, make us a better person.

If only each of us will choose be a broad and diverse traveler, the world maybe will turn into a better place.

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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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