There are few things that I dislike more than constant negativity. I genuinely believe when you are frequently in the presence of someone who exudes constant negativity, it begins to  wear off on you, and it becomes easier to be a negative person yourself. The society we live in today is brimming with negativity and judgment, so it is no wonder that more and more persons are adapting a chronically negative mindset.

Thinking negatively certainly requires less effort than thinking positively, which is likely why more individuals tend to succumb to negativity. It requires a mental effort and a conscious awareness to catch yourself when you are thinking poorly about things and reverse your thoughts into something more positive.

My mom actually taught me a little trick to get into the habit of seeing things from a more optimistic perspective. She told me to visualize a stop sign whenever I catch myself thinking in a pessimistic manner, and explained that doing so will ultimately force oneself to change the direction of thought. I have found this trick to be quite effective, as lame as it sounds. Visualizing a stop sign not only halts the current thought in your mind, but prevents it form progressing into something more negative. This trick can be used for numerous situations, for example anxiety or fear or self-doubt, and it tends to produce results.

I myself find that when I am around an individual who perpetuates negativity, I start to feel negative and pessimistic. It’s pretty incredible how greatly someone else’s thoughts and opinions can impact your own thoughts and opinions. It is essential to rid yourself of such people, and to avoid their presence entirely. Why choose to be in the presence of someone who only brings you down? Being around these people has no benefit to anyone, and separating yourself from them will prove to be advantageous in the long run.

Try your best to start thinking for the better. It will make a big difference in your life.

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