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10 Things to Remember If You Love a Sarcastic Person

10 Things to Remember If You Love a Sarcastic Person

Believe me: if I didn’t have to shield myself with sarcasm on a daily basis, I wouldn’t. But with all the garbage going on in the world that makes not a lick of logical sense, I think my head would explode if I took it all too seriously. I’m just glad my loving wife understands that…

1. Sarcastic people are quick-witted.

Well, maybe just quicker than our targets. We immediately see the irony in a situation, and will be quick to point it out, even if we know no one else will have the slightest clue what we’re talking about. It’s kind of sadistic, but using sarcasm gives us a sense of empowerment, since we can gauge other people’s thought process based on whether or not they understood our quick jab.

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2. Be careful what you say around a sarcastic person.

I don’t mean you should be ready for someone to chime in with “That’s what she said” or anything (and if anyone does chime in with that, you have my permission to hit them). But make sure you don’t say something that you know sounds stupid and is going to open you up to immediate ridicule. It might be a quick, off-the-cuff remark, but chances are, you won’t live it down for quite some time.

3. Sarcastic people bring you up to their level.

Once you start interacting with a truly sarcastic individual, you’ll get the hang of how to converse with them, and will know what they’re thinking at all times. This is a skill a lot of people don’t have, and it ends up making them look foolish at times. So the next time you catch yourself about to say something that you know your sarcastic friend will throw back at you, thank him for giving you a one-up on everyone else!

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4. Sarcastic people are almost never serious.

I know, I know; “behind every joke, there’s some truth.” But like I said in the intro, if sarcastic people didn’t have a sense of humor, some of them would be outright suicidal. Instead of taking things to heart and dwelling on them endlessly, we take the opposite route and let things roll off our backs.

5. If a sarcastic person teases you, it means he likes you.

Just because they incessantly pick on you doesn’t mean they don’t like you. In fact, if someone acts sarcastic to your face, it almost certainly means he truly enjoys your company. My wife knows I’d never say anything rude to her and actually mean it. But just because she means the world to me doesn’t mean I’m not going to get a quick jab in here and there. I gotta keep her on her toes!

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6. If you hear a sarcastic person mumble something, don’t ask him to repeat it.

Chances are, he mumbled it for a reason. It most likely meant nothing, but he just had to say it out loud or else he’d be left stewing for the rest of the day. On the other hand, if this becomes a regular occurrence, refer to the previous entry; if he really cares about you, he’ll make fun of you right to your face!

7. When a sarcastic person doles out a compliment, he means it.

Of course, it’s obvious when this isn’t true (like when you know you’re having a bad hair day, and he says, “Nice new ‘do!'”), but true compliments from a sarcastic person should be taken to heart, even more so than from the friend who always compliments you no matter what. If you get a sarcastic person to let down his guard and get serious, even for a short moment, you know he cares deeply about you.

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8. Sarcastic people love other sarcastic people.

Whether you’d think of it as a meeting of the minds or a war of wits, when two sarcastic people interact, get ready for fireworks. Regardless of if they’re teaming up or butting heads, getting two people armed to the teeth with salty comments is sure to provide hours of entertainment for everyone else involved.

9. People use sarcasm to deal with the world.

Sarcasm really is just a defense mechanism, whether we want to admit it or not. There are definitely things beyond our control in this universe, and we simply have to accept that. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be a little bitter about it! Let us cope with the things we cannot change by at least making a quick comment about them. After we let off some steam, we’ll most likely move on and forget all about it.

10. Don’t get on our bad side.

Just kidding. Or maybe I’m not. You were smart enough to get this far—you figure it out!

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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