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7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

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    The bond that sisters have with each other starts at an early age, and as you grow up with each other you automatically know each other’s inner workings. Only children often wish they had the camaraderie that siblings have together, someone they can play with. Yes, you fight with each other and do mean things like cutting the hair off their favorite Barbie. But at the end of the day, there is a sacred bond between sisters.

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    As we get older, sometimes it becomes more difficult to remain close. There may be arguments or perhaps an ocean between you, but when you need your sis’, she’ll be there as though a day hadn’t passed. Here are seven reasons why it is so great to be friends with your sister.

    1. You have unconditional love

    Whatever mistakes you make, your sister will always love you. While she may not agree with your choices or understand your decisions, she will be there when everything falls apart. That unconditional love can be a miracle for those messy times in your life.

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    2. The silly factor

    There’s something about a sister that brings out the silliest parts of us. Nobody else can have me rolling on the ground with a sore stomach from laughing so much the way my sister does. The child in us just comes out and we can be outrageous and goofy with each other.

    3. You’ve been friends since you were in diapers

    Our sisters have seen all the struggles and triumphs we experienced in our most important, formative years. You relate to each other in a way nobody else could. Although there is a difference between the oldest, middle and baby of the family, you were all raised by the same parents. You were taught the same values and manners. You experienced the same family vacations and lived in the same house with the same dog. Not only do you have these factors, but you also come from the same blood, making you genetically similar.

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    4. She’s your mirror and quasi-therapist

    Sisters understand many of the actions you do based on the upbringing you shared. Things that happen to you when you’re a child can mold the adult you become. If you can’t see a reason for why you are who you are, a sister will often know where emotions are stemming from, which perhaps might be an experience you’ve long forgotten.

    Sisters and siblings in general can both relate to and understand your behavioral patterns. If you had a home that lacked communication, you could be closed off to people. While most of the people in your life won’t get it, your sisters will. Sisters communicate really well about their feelings and often dig into the past to figure out the present. Having another perspective on the family dynamics can be very helpful.

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    5. Leaning on each other

    When a death in the family occurs, sisters can heavily lean on each other for support. Sisters are compassionate and often open with their emotions. This helps each sister realize that they are not alone in their pain. Months after the death, sisters can cry to each other or laugh about the good times had. A sister can see when you’re exhausted and will take over some responsibilities during a family death. There is a certain comfort factor in having a sister during difficult times that nobody else could replace.

    6. There’s nothing like a sisterly hug

    Some hugs in life are terribly awkward where maybe you hang on for too long or your arms are in the wrong spot. With a sister though, it’s natural, genuine and loving.

    7. Your true self

    You are pretty much forced to be your true self in the face of your sister. If you act differently, she’ll call you on it and what’s the point of acting if you’re not believable anyway? This makes it so easy to just be you, to be honest with your feelings and who you are. Even if something has happened between your sister and you, you can keep it real and talk about it openly.

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2020

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

    Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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    Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

    However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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    The leap happens when we realize two things:

    1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
    2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

    Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

    My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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    In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

    “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

    Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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