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How do you handle difficult conversations?

 No matter how hard we may try, there’s just no way to avoid some difficult conversations. However, there are positive things you can say and do to help you handle them better.   Your first response may be to change the subject when faced with a difficult discussion. This won’t solve the problem or heal the hurt that caused the situation in the first place. It’s better to take a deep breath, gather your thoughts, and face the difficulty now rather than later.   Remember it’s not your job to fix the situation unless you were directly involved. People sometimes just need a friend to listen to when they’re going through tough circumstances. They really don’t want you to fix things for them.   Being available to listen is sometimes the best way to show your friend that you care.   If the situation requires you to talk with someone going through difficulties, try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. What would you want a friend to say to you if you were in that situ

How to Be a Positive Influence on Negative People

 Negative people are all around you. You don't have to look far to find someone that has a negative outlook on life.  However, you don't have to allow these people to drag you down with them, either. In fact, you might be able to save a few of them or at least make them smile for a change. They might even thank you for it.   A negative person can sometimes benefit from having their perspective shaken up a little. You can be the person that causes them to question their negative way of life. Consider it to be charitable work that doesn't strain your schedule or your pocketbook.   Try these techniques to be a positive influence on the negative people in your life:   Stay positive. Just because you're dealing with someone that's chronically negative, it doesn't mean you have to allow your mood to be altered. You can choose to keep a positive attitude regardless of those around you. This can certainly be challenging at times, but it's