How to Be a Positive Communicator

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If you feel some tension in your relationships, you are not alone. So do your part at home to protect loved
ones’ feelings and emotions.

Keys to Successful Communication

• Rotate chores and praise each person for doing a slam dunk job.
• LOL — Listen out loud to each other and avoid making comments.
• Use connecting conversations to soothe feelings by cutting out criticism, pushy words and rolling your eyes.
• Remember, your kūpuna may be confused, so speak slowly, smile and give hand massages.
• Introduce fun games and interactions. Kūpuna can become feisty competitors during bean bag toss and balloon volleyball.

Pivot Negativity to Positivity

–  I can’t pay my bills. (resignation)
I’ll apply for assistance. (hopeful)
–  I’m trapped at home! (anger)
+  So I have more time for fun! (fun)
  I can’t go out and eat. (helpless)
+  Let’s order takeout! (a good solution)
  Why now? Why me? (victim)
+  I’m grateful I’m in good health. (appreciation)

What seem like bitter trials are sometimes blessings in disguise. Practicing an attitude of gratitude can make all the difference.

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