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When Was The Last Time You Sent A Postcard?

When Was The Last Time You Sent A Postcard?

“I wrote this postcard for my kids. It’s been a long time since I wrote to them. So I did.”

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Letter writing is a forgotten art. There was a time when sweethearts sent each other bundles and bundles of love via the written word. Now, we text. The instantaneous messaging has made us impatient, aggressive and also, inane. When letters were written, only the most important thoughts were carried forward but now, we tell each other everything. Let us accept that this does make conversations more boring after a while. There is much to be said for delayed gratification and HP Malaysia found it through the delivery of a simple postcard. In our day to day humdrum, we often pass by our loved ones and forget to tell them how much they mean to us. We give not a thought to repay the little things that we should be and are thankful for.

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A postcard holds an even dearer place in our hearts because it comes from far flung places carrying the smells and sights of olden bazaars and modern metropolises. These nostalgia inducing festive postcards were printed wirelessly for these people who were truly moved to find how much they had to say. The HP postman hand delivered these postcards to very surprised parents, children and spouses.

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Would it not be a kind gesture to write a tiny note on a postcard and send it to your friend who lives far far away? A thank you message or an “all the best” for their next venture? Sometimes we need an HP event to remind us about the kindness around us. Sometimes all we need to do is send a hug through mail. Watch the man who sent a thanks to his dad (That one made me tear up). You will find that you have also gained a little more patience through this video.

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Featured photo credit: Kaboompics.com via kaboompics.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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