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It’s often easier said than done to be positive in the face of negativity. I know for myself, I am someone who’s easily influenced by other people’s moods. If I am around happy people, I am more likely to be happy myself. If I started off in a bad mood, immersing myself amongst happy people, generally lifts my mood from the doldrums.
If I am in the company of people who are grumpy, complaining or just plain negative, I find my own mood deflating.
My emotions have always been very close to the surface. I cry at silly commercials, my feelings tend to be hurt easily and I’m quick to anger if I feel I’m being treated unfairly or rudely.
This is a part of my personality that I struggle to improve upon daily. I am trying to understand that criticism is an opportunity for learning. I’ve come to accept that crying and letting emotion out is better for my mental health than keeping it bottled up inside. Finally, I’m trying not to let other people’s rude or offensive remarks anger me, remembering that what they say reflects who they are. Likewise, how I choose to respond reflects who I am as well.
So Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and turn the frown upside down and smile even when it seems like the hardest thing to do! Your smile may be the small tipping point, helping to turn someone’s day from negative to positive!