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10 Reasons Why People Who Are Sentimental Have Beautiful Lives

10 Reasons Why People Who Are Sentimental Have Beautiful Lives

It’s time to champion and celebrate being sentimental. For thousands of years, the ability to reason and think was held above the ability to feel or have emotions. Having feelings can still be considered primitive or even crazy! Well, let’s spend some time looking at how being sentimental makes life bigger and fuller. Sure, being rational and logical has its advantages, but so does being sentimental. Here are 10 ways that sentimental people have a more beautiful life!

1. We give the best gifts

How many times have you received a birthday gift that was a card with only a signature in it? I have. And let me tell you, it’s not very exciting. What about those birthday gifts that make you say, “Wow!” Those are the good ones. Sentimental people want to bring out that “wow” in you, so we tend to give gifts that are beyond ordinary.

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2. We feel all of life

Sentimental people are highly-conscious people. We sense everything and pay attention to everyone. We are constantly noticing the subtle differences in life, whether it’s the tinge of the blue sky or the hue of the grass in the morning. We also know when you are sad or when you’re happy. And we mention it to you. Our lives are full of experiences because nothing gets past us.

3. We see no shades of gray

No, I’m not talking about the movie. Sorry. I’m referring to living life to the fullest. Sentimental people want to experience it all. Whether we are traveling to a nearby coffee shop or to the next continent, our attitude is to embrace the experience fully. There can never be a dull or gray moment. Life is always full of possibilities!

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4. We are “happy” infectious

Sentimental people tend to absorb other people’s feelings and states of mind. So, if you’re having a bad day, a sentimental person will pick up on it and try to change that in you. In essence, we make great cheerleaders, motivational speakers, teachers, counselors, and even world leaders!

5. We love to celebrate

Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and anything else that calls for a party gets a sentimental person ignited. Moments that call for celebration and sharing accomplishments provide opportunities for sentimental folks to take an occasion and blow it up to great proportions! There’s never a dull party with a sentimental person.

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6. We make great listeners

Sentimental people care about feelings. We know that you have them too, so we want to make sure your feelings are validated and acknowledged. This may sound sappy, but one of the many problems in relationships is the lack of acknowledgement of people’s feelings. Sentimental people want to make you feel secure, heard, and validated. If you have a sentimental friend, then consider yourself blessed. Just don’t forget that they have feelings too and may need a shoulder to lean on once in a while.

7. We make great lovers

This one goes without saying. If sentimental people love to celebrate, well, the bedroom is no exception. Sentimentality can make intimacy more exciting, passionate, and meaningful. For a sentimental person, there’s enough passion to go around – twice!

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8. We can forgive and let go

Sentimental people are feeling-oriented, but we do not want to feel negative all the time. So, healthy sentimental people will look to repair relationships and let go of grudges. Ultimately, they look to forgive. Unless there is some sort of imbalance that is unhealthy and unchanging, then the sentimental person understands that relationships are more important than petty instances.

9. We have the deepest relationships

If sentimental people can forgive and move on, then they definitely make great friends. We will be there when you most need us and we’ll respect you when you don’t need us. Either way, we understand that a bond goes deep and needs to be nurtured and fed. This is the crux of a healthy and positive relationship.

10. We make the best memories

Good times need to be remembered. They need to be celebrated and felt! A sentimental person understands that time moves on and can’t be turned back. The only way to keep feelings alive after the moments have passed is to create the best memories so that they’re burned into memory. This is the only way to ever prove and re-experience a fantastic, beautiful, and extraordinary life!

Featured photo credit: Funky young woman resting and relaxing towards the sea. Cheerful brunette enjoying silence and tranquility. via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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