How to Stay Happy Around Negative People

Some people are naturally negative; they complain, bicker, or always see the glass as half empty.

So here are three tips for dealing with the “negative Nancy’s of the world.”

First: View this challenge as an opportunity for growth
When you take time to put things into perspective and alter your perception about what the other person may be experiencing, you will grow as an individual. You may want to ask yourself, what is happening in this person’s life that is making them behave this way? 

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

Two: Simply spend some time alone
When someone around you is acting incredibly negative, step aside and take some time for yourself.

Spending time alone has been shown to increase self-awareness, boost self-confidence, and increase happiness. In time, you will learn that this time alone can help you come up with insights and opportunities that will help solve difficult situations.

Third: Don’t take it personally
Many times when people are dealing with difficulties, you become their targets. Remember that their negativity is about them, not you, and don’t take it personally.

Remember – nobody can make you unhappy without your permission.

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