In my circle of friends, there are 1 or 2 who are mostly negative. They seem to take great joy and satisfaction about pointing out other people's failures, bad decisions, etc. So, I try to limit the amount of time I spend with them, or try to see them in a group situation instead of one-on-one time.
Also in that same group of friends is a woman who was recently widowed after her husband suffered for many years with a debilitating illness, and she has significant health problems. Instead of being a Negative Nellie, she is one of the most upbeat, happy, outgoing people I know - even when facing her husband's suffering and inevitable death. She had her bad moments, but was and still is, very positive. This friend isn't afraid to try a new activity - she recently went kayaking for the first time at age 65 and loved it. When I'm with her, I automatically feel happier - so I try to spend more time with her than the others.
- 8/29/2013 1:08:16 PM