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These Sisters’ Rocky Relationship Is Mended In The Most Heartwarming Way

These Sisters’ Rocky Relationship Is Mended In The Most Heartwarming Way

What are the chances of having a perfect family? We all wished to have a family that never argues or disagrees with us, yet seldom were our hopes met.

In barely four minutes, we were exposed to a family dynamics that teeter unsteadily on the edges, with sisters that hated each other almost from birth. Things didn’t improve until one day, the older sister realized she had cancer.

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From the very beginning, the sisters were frosty to each other. As they grew up, the younger sister started partying, drinking and smoking while the older sister was sturdy, stoic and hard-working. Pushed to the boiling point after her younger sister stole her money to go to a party, she even wished for her younger sister to die.

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Yet, the older sister was the one struck by cancer – and oh, the irony of it. Every cloud has a sliver lining though, and soon her sister discovered her sickness. Bit by bit, they began to bond as the younger sister tended to and took care of her. In a heart-warming moment, the younger sister gave her older sister her hair. But as she has put it, “what my younger sister has given me is more than just hair”.

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We all have our moments of frustration with our families. Rows happen, and sometimes we lash out to the people closest to us because they don’t reciprocate nor retaliate. Yet we must not abuse this privilege of having someone that will love us unconditionally.

Take some time to tell your family about how much you appreciate and love them every day, because if they can handle you at your worst, then they certainly deserve you at your best.

Share to show your family some love!

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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.

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