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How to stay positive when faced with negativity
Saturday, 23 May · 2 min read

As human beings, we absorb how others are feeling. So if a friend or family member is feeling anxious, you may pick up on this and begin to express it or relate it to others in a similar way.

Negative emotions can spread more easily than positive ones, but it’s possible to notice distress and support others who feel this way without becoming more negative yourself.

To do this:

  • surround yourself with things that make you happy - you’re less likely to catch the negative bug if your environment is filled with things that bring you joy
  • offer a positive voice - if you don’t want someone’s gloom to rub off on you, adopt a cheerful tone and smile - smiling can make you feel more positive
  • recognise when someone else’s negative emotions affect you - you may not realise at first that someone’s bad mood is affecting you. Once you acknowledge this is happening, you can remove yourself from the situation
  • share some laughter - laughter is just as infectious as sadness, and can help to boost mood and ease stress. If you feel negativity getting to you, switch on a sitcom that makes you laugh or share a funny video with others
  • realise you can only do so much - absorbing someone else’s negative emotions is tied to empathy as it is part of what makes us human. Remember that you aren’t responsible for how they feel and you may not always be able to help

Quote of the day

A person's life may be a lonely thing by nature, but it is not isolated. To that life other lives are linked. -- Haruki Murakami

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