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How The Homeless React When They Read The Mean Tweets About Them

How The Homeless React When They Read The Mean Tweets About Them

Taking inspiration from Jimmy Kimmel’s “Public Service Announcement” segment in which he reads offensive tweets about himself in good-natured self-mockery, Canadian homeless charity Raising the Roof has launched a hard-hitting new campaign under the title Humans For Humans. The charity has released a video of homeless individuals reading abusive tweets about themselves. Raising the Roof has decided that it is time to change how we perceive the ‘tramps’ and ‘beggars’ on our streets, to replace such labels, and to recognise the humans sitting by the roadside.

And if you’re wondering why these guys are trying so hard to render us weeping, here’s just a few reasons. 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year. In March 2014, 841,191 people visited food banks because they couldn’t afford to feed themselves or their families. It’s amazing how many times we can turn a blind eye to the suffering of another human being — in fact it’s starting to take place on every street corner.

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This growing pandemic is not confined to Canada, either. According to a UK homeless charity, Shelter, a family in Britain loses their home every 11 minutes. Homelessness is a real threat, affecting millions around the world.

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So when callous remarks such as ‘Never understand why homeless people smell of piss when you can literally piss anywhere’ pop up on our Twitter feeds, it’s not hard to see what the issues are. Apparently, many of us don’t want to help. Homeless people have become piles of rags, sickening aromas, and dirty faces to us. Apparently, we have forgotten that beneath the exterior of unwashed clothes and weathered features, there is real skin and flesh which bleeds when coins are thrown at it. And human eyes with tear ducts that react when the world is cruel.

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Let’s change the language that we use about the homeless (who already suffer enough) and remember the people beneath the quilts; the brothers, daughters, named human beings who need our help.

This new campaign has launched under the hashtag #HumansforHumans. For more details about how to support the movement, check out the Humans for Humans website where you can donate, find out more, and make a dent on an issue that has been ignored for too long.

Featured photo credit: Raising the Roof via youtube.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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