Negativity is culture, wherever you are you will see negativity. It acts like a plague, the bigger the crowd, the worse the negativity gets. I recently took a trip to Disney World, and it was astonishing how much negativity there was, here we are in a place that you spend thousands of dollars to be at “The Happiest Place on Earth”. So negativity is not about good fortune or wealth, it plagues the soul. Negativity has created a culture that has rewired our brain to instead of being thankful for all that we have been blessed with, we immediately rant to everybody around us.
So how do we deal with this? Especially in family gatherings, it may seem impossible to get away from the constant negativity that plagues our lives as individuals. We are seemingly forced to be a part of family parties and holidays that do nothing but drain us. How do we escape from getting pulled in?
The best way to combat this is to get away from it, flee from it. My example has been whenever I get completely overwhelmed and defeated from the negativity in my own home, I go outside and walk. I find nature trails and long board, I go on bike rides, I do anything that will let me breathe again. Nature is where I find calmness and it allows me to breathe. Nature is something that is my escape. Then when I return I am able to take a deep breath and continue with my day.
But sometimes it is not possible just to escape the moment and go for a walk outside, but the important thing is to find something that you love to do. If exercising is what you love to go for a run, if it’s writing or reading then pursue that, if your passion is a religion then chase after it, all that matters is that you find your passion and do it. It gives you a reason to have joy, and it makes the constant pressure to be negative much easier to deal with.
Remember that staying positive is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes discipline and practice to rid ourselves of constant negativity, but it reaps a much easier life full of love. Stay positive my friends.