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5 Ways You Can Help Your Friends Transform Negative Thinking

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by Conscious Reminder

Negativity is essentially connected to human nature. This makes it highly difficult to overcome this integral emotion that is suffered by everyone once in a while.

Kyle Barichello has remarked that we have been taught the qualities of being sympathetic and attentive. These two characteristics however are not appropriate in overcoming negativity. Listening to people suffering from negativity makes them relive that emotion and upsets them.

Being realistic and speaking the truth is also a good approach. Negativity increases if it is not controlled and the most kind and people with good intentions suffer detrimental consequences due to it.

Consequently, we do not want our families, friends, or co-workers to undergo this harmful emotion or call out someone that increases the negative energy. Therefore, we need to find out ways to break the negative mindset and help them achieve positive mental health.

We have compiled 5 ways in which you can help someone defeat negativity and emerge as a winner with favorable well-being.

I: Stop Them From Venting

This is one of the tricky approaches since we have been advised to listen and express sympathy since childhood. Nonetheless, sharing and retelling their negative thoughts makes them constantly upset and disappointed.

They start considering their negative thoughts as reasonable and keep thinking about them. So we must listen and show sympathy in a way that will interject the negative behavioral and thought patterns.

II: Don’t impose positivity

No human can think rationally when they feel negative or angry. In such scenarios trying to impose a positive way of thinking will not help them.

Don’t try to make them understand your perspective or belief in them in such situations that might further aggravate the negativity. They might subconsciously be aware of the right thing to do. So you must try to explain that finding happiness is difficult but negativity is not a suitable alternative.

III: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Instead of sitting in a quiet room and discussing the negative thoughts, try to go out and engage in some light-hearted activities. When the negative talk re-emerges, try to turn them around in a funny way.

This will make them feel that the situation is not that big as it presently seems to be and they can overcome it by simply not thinking about it. You can suggest some deviating point of view to the entire situation that will lighten their mood and drive the negativity away.

IV: Allow Them To Find Their Own Answers

While they share their negative thoughts with you, don’t say things that they expect or want to hear just to make them feel better. Rather try to offer a practical and rational perspective to them and be quiet for a few seconds. This will give them time to reflect on their own thoughts and situation in a much objective and positive manner.

Finding the solution to one’s own problem increases self-esteem and triggers a happy feeling.

V: Give Them Space

We naturally want to help our loved ones in their difficult times but we must learn to give them their space when needed. In the case of disturbed mental health, it is advisable to take a step back.

This enables a clear understanding of the negative environment instead of being cluttered by too many suggestions and points of view.  So let them know you are happy to help and can be reached when the need arises.

Dealing with negativity takes a lot of skill and intimate understanding. We all desire a happy life where negative energy is a perpetual occurrence. We need to constantly fight the adverse happenings in life to get what we want.

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