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Last Updated on February 28, 2018

Knock Knock, Is Compassion Home?

Knock Knock, Is Compassion Home?

A man’s biggest achievement in life is becoming successful and not regretting the decisions taken by him in the path of becoming successful. How does one go through their life comfortably? How do we find compassion? There are hundreds of questions like this and the one possible solution. This is waterby David Foster Wallace is one of the most amazing motivational books that helps us to find compassion in life.

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    We are not the center of the universe without a doubt. There are hundreds of thousands of creatures wandering around and yet we think we can achieve a lot in our flawed life? It’s thought provoking how we as human beings achieve compassion and consider ourselves as the central hub of this universe. However, this compassion is necessary for life and this is exactly what David has tried to describe in his book.

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    Why is compassion important?

    Compassion is important to lead a healthy and peaceful life. Most of the times in this life, we have to make peace with situations that are not in our control. Human mind is built to adapt certain situation and prepare itself to live in any kind of circumstance. Compassion teaches human mind to think differently, act accordingly and be more tolerant and patient while dealing different things. David Foster Wallace gave his famous speech and talked about his idea of life. His book is a beautiful combination of humor, information and additionally a wonderful experience of emotional adventure. The book makes us think about our everyday life events that are ignored otherwise. The book opens a new dimension in our mind and make us think differently.

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    This is a must read book for people who are seeking compassion in life. It is one of the books that can have a huge impact on your mind.

    Reading duration: 2 hours 49 minutes

    GetThis is water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording from Amazon at $10.25

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    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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