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15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

In this age of technology, it is difficult to find families who simply break the rules of the conventional. Growing up, it sort of apparent how whimsical and nontraditional our families can be. There was strength in every unit of the family and this was something to cling on to.

1. You have various interests.

Nobody is sticking to the good old traditional role of becoming doctors, lawyers or engineers. Among your family members, everyone cherishes and wants to be someone different—maybe an athlete, maybe a photographer or a musician.

2. Each family member is an island to her or himself.

Although every member cherishes and spends a large amount of time together, there is distinction and respect among family members, especially when it comes to living apart and respecting each other’s space.

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3. You know family is important.

When there is a special moment or reason to be together, you do not make excuses to be away from the family. Each family member knows that all family events are important.

4. You appreciate knowledge.

Education is important to your family. Getting a college or a professional degree is important. This could mean going away from home or making more financial commitments, but you understand why it is important that you get one.

5. You can have a drink with your dad.

You dad is a combination of old school and modern approach to life. There is flexibility and room for one to make mistakes.

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6. There is always an interesting story to be told.

Whether it is from your parents or from your grandparents, there is this anecdotal story you have heard from them time and time again. And the more they tell it, the more it spins.

7. You have someone who covers for your mistakes.

You make mistakes and mistakes in an exotic family could bring forth a different kind of ridicule. But someone is always there to shield you—your brother or your sister—from the consequences of your wrongful action.

8. Your uncles and your aunts are like your second parents.

You have uncles and aunts who offer you advice, support and ridicule the same way your parents do. You may want to get away from their watchful eye, but it seems that they are very much interested in your progress in life.

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9. You can look forward to family outings.

Family events and outings are something you yearn for. Not only do you catch up on lost time, but there is also always something intriguing and new to discover.

10. There is always an expert within the family.

It could be your grandma, who claims to have a drug for all ailments, or your grandfather, who has firsthand knowledge on how to make any woman or guy fall in love with you.

11. There is a celebration for almost anything.

Whether you passed your SATs and are going off to college, or getting a new job, or buying a new car, there is always something that ignites a celebration.

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12. You will always cherish your family photos.

Wherever you go and whenever you come back, family is a part of you. And this is shown in the variety, amusement and love that is present in your family photos.

13. Your cousins and relatives are also your best friends.

There is no major divide between members of your immediate and extended family. When you hang out with your cousins or relatives, you always have something unforgettable to cherish.

14. There is always one person who partners with you in your mischief.

You love to create fun for yourself and others; thus you become mischievous and cook up schemes. And you have a brother or a sister who is always your partner in crime.

15. You have a confidante in your mom.

While everything may look unconventional and different, your mom is the one you can always have that heart-to-heart talk with.

Featured photo credit: SLO County Bicycle Coalition via Flickr via flickr.com

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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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