Staying Positive In A Negative World

 

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You know the saying “Misery loves company”?  It’s true.  And negativity breeds negativity.  So beware and stay away.  If you want to keep a positive outlook make sure you choose your friends and/or your company wisely.  

 

Having a bad day?  Seek out the company of friends or family members who will lift you up and cheer you up.  And DON’T be reach out in negativity.  You will either drive them away or bring them down.

 

Birds of a feather flock together and you want to be the songbird not the mopey dopey sad chicken, right?  

 

If you can’t help but be around someone negative (be it at your job, school, where ever) try throwing in some cheerful suggestions to nip negativity in the bud.  I once shared a workspace with a woman who I really liked but who also was very negative and loved to complain all day every day.  Fed up, I finally started saying things to try to turn the conversations around on a more positive note and when that didn’t work, I had to just have a talk with her about how I really needed her to take her negative talk somewhere else because it really wasn’t doing either of us any good.  She may have been a little put off, but I had much better days after that conversation.  

 

You could also try listening to upbeat music that makes you happy.  Take a walk on your lunch break and listen to the birds singing or children laughing.  Watch a funny video (there are plenty of funny cat or dog videos to keep me entertained for hours!)  

One of the most important things I do to put myself in a positive mood is I start my day (and end my day) with positive thoughts and a sense of gratitude.  I acknowledge all of the wonderful things and people in my life that I have been blessed with and I give thanks.  Oh… and don’t forget to work out.  Because exercise really does make you happy!