A lot of arguments begin or escalate because the person *allows* him/herself to react to `button pushing.` A huge amount of how a person reacts to any statement or comment is based on that person`s *internal interpretation* of what was "really meant" by what was said.
Try, just for a week, assuming that the people who talk to you are really and truly just being friendly. Don`t second guess comments, and deliberately choose to ignore things that might normally irritate you. You might find after that week that the world really ISN`T that bad at all - that it was just your habital responses to things which shaped your view of it!
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