How to be Happy Around Negative People

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Ever noticed how when you spend time with negative people, you start to feel down and drained. And to flip it, when you hang out with positive people you adopt their buzz and optimism.

It?s no surprise. As humans, we absorb our environmental influences. We become like the people we are around. A negative attitude breeds negativity, while a positive one proffers positivity.

In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, obstetrician Dr. Christiane Northrup says it's crucial to be around people who uplift and inspire us. Because who we hang out with directly impacts our well-being and how we see the world.

She cites studies in which one person stops smoking and influences people at four degrees of separation?health is contagious.

Being positive around negative people

It's a nice idea, to only ever be around positive people. But we don't always have that choice. We come across negative neighbors, colleagues, family, friends, and the strangers we interact with each day.

So how can we combat the crankiness in our circles, without cutting people out of our lives?

Here are some tips to try:

It's not about you : Remember that while negative people might project their doom and gloom onto you, it?s not personal. They are likely the same with everyone in their lives, since their view on the world is pessimistic and cycnical. So in the words of Taylor Swift, shake it off.

Seek out the happy people: You don't have to eliminate sad sacks from your life, but you can draw in more of the happy folk. Seek out switched on, bubbly, successful people. Invite people you admire out for lunch or a coffee. Find a hobby that attracts a positive crowd. Eventually all that optimism will rub off on you, and create armor against the Debbie Downers.

Go against the crowd: When someone starts offloading their negativity on you, remind yourself that you don't have to participate. Really. You have the choice to engage and enable their behavior, or you can tune out and change the channel.

Be the change: If you want to be happier and healthier, why not be the teacher. You can be the person who influences the people in your network to take a glass half full approach to life. Be the change you want to see in the world and watch the ripple of positivity drift into the lives of the people you love.

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