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Can you teach a young person to be positive instead of negative, or is it something they have to learn over time?

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      Msowens wrote Nov 2, 2013
    • Both, you can always give them positive advice, but it is up to them to do the postive in life. No one can do that for them, they can only do that themselves.




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 2, 2013
    • Trying to set a good example for a young man I work with.  He’s very, very negative about other people.  I keep trying to point out the positive and steer him in the right direction.  For some reason, this week, his negativity has really gotten on my nerves.




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      Linda L wrote Nov 2, 2013
    • I agree with Msowens.  

      Tulip - I think it’s great that you are trying to be a good role model. I wonder - why is he so negative about other people, what is he saying?

      Sadly, as an older person I have a hard time being positive about myself because sometimes people say negative things about me. I get it that people don’t want to hear negative things, but sometimes it’s those people that are disrespectful to you.




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 2, 2013
    • This young man has had some pretty tough knocks in his life, but he’s also been blessed beyond words.   I assume he learned the negativity from someone in his life, not sure who. He pretty much puts down anyone who is not in his immediate circle of friends and family.  He doesn’t have a good word to say about anyone else.




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      Linda L wrote Nov 2, 2013
    • I suppose this young man will learn over time the importance of being positive about other people. Perhaps when his coworkers steer away from him because of his negativity he’ll realize what his behavior has caused.  

      Keep being his friend and point out the good in people.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 3, 2013
    • You‘re on the right track with him, Tulip. I’ll share something about being with young people since I’ve been in college. I tend to be pretty positive and am consistent with my overall attitude in life. One day, a young woman I worked with at the campus health center said to me, “working with you has made me a better person.” She told me she had been watching the way I treat people and realized she could improve. In my nursing cohort, I was told the other day that there is a lot of drama among the group that I’ve been kept out of. A classmate told me that everyone has a lot of respect for me and knows I won’t get involved in the gossip and drama within the class. That made me feel pretty good. I guess, what I’m getting at, is that I’ve lived by example which it sounds like you‘re doing, too.estaticheart




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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 4, 2013
    • Sadly, T, it seems negativity stems from not only people’s personal lives, but everything that is going on in the world which weighs heavily on young minds.  They can’t help it sometimes, we as a nation are barraged with so much to tackle and the media, extreme technology, the need to always be the best at everything, the constant pressure...it all adds up and causes fear, anger, resentment, sadness.

      A big high five to you if you can show this young man the good in people, the happiness he can attain and the positive vibes he can project towards others too...we all need positive reinforcement and a big HUG sometimes.heart




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