Unplug Negativity – Your Responsibility (Part 2)
In the last blog post I looked at some of the effects negativity can have on your body, mind, and soul. In this week’s post, I will talk more about what you can specifically do in order to combat the negative thoughts or actions in your life. I began to write this post several months ago after watching the Presidential inauguration. It was shortly after Trump was sworn in I saw an unnerving amount of negativity.
A Turning Point
I was truly caught off guard at the hate and vitriol which was being spread. To the point, I shut down my social media and news for 3 days to see if it would subside. Unfortunately, it did not. The type of hate and negativity which was being spewed was not healthy in any manner, for any reason.
With the events of this past week I was again taken back by people’s response. I am not sure how you can condemn hatred by a group while spewing hatred yourself at these groups, others, or the government. Hate is hate. Negativity is negativity. No matter who it is addressed to, it still will leave a dark hole in your own heart.
Come to Terms
If you are truly going to live a thrival life and live it on your terms you need to address the negativity in your own life. A person who is constantly negative will tend to be defensive and thus spend more time attempting to justify their actions instead of living life. They are living in survival mode. This is the attitude we have been seeing all over social media, news, and internet. Hatred and negativity being justified to prove a point
But you want more out of your life. While there are many actions you can take in order to overcome negativity in your life. The following are a few steps you can take to get your life closer to thriving instead of surviving.
Own Your Responsibility
You will never combat or over come hate, with more hate. If you want to see a positive change in your own world, then it is your responsibility to be the positive change you want to see in others. The tidal wave of negativity is not going to change over night. It will not also change by good people sitting on the sidelines. Or with you doing nothing with the negativity which comes your way.
Choose today to be responsible with your words and action in pursuit of a positive response. Stop the knee-jerk response of negativity and hatred toward others. The mob scene riots we seem to constantly see lately are not bred out of responsible actions by people seeking love or good. Think long and hard about what is your responsibility when it comes to seeking out the positive.
Own Your Response
How are you responding to others? Is your response positive or negative? Are you adding to the problem or being an agent for change? How you respond to questions, posts, actions, or deeds will guide others into one camp or the other. Own your response in being more positive with your words and actions.
Only post positive material on your feeds. Refrain from anything negative, for it does help your attitude, and will not help others in their pursuit. You can disagree with someone by showing a positive response instead of being destructive of others. Think carefully about what you say, write, or show. Be a part of the solution instead of constantly contributing to the problem of negativity.
Show More Gratitude
Another way to turn off negativity is to show more gratitude. Many studies have shown the enormous benefits of infusing gratitude into your life. Gratitude can increase physical and psychological health. You can increase empathy and lessen aggression by showing gratitude. Sleep can increase, your self-esteem can improve, and your mental health can increase. All by being more grateful for what is around you.
If you look for the negative you will always find it. Gratitude offers an answer to combat negativity in your life. Be grateful for your life, friends, job, or community. What if we all prayed for what is happening in DC, instead of constantly finding what is wrong. Show gratitude for those you disagree with or think differently.
That does not mean you need to agree with them. But why on earth would you want to give the power to anger or upset you to a complete stranger? In this day of constantly living in a place of being offended. Offer gratitude as a response. Don’t ever give the power to derail you to someone else. You have control over it and gratitude can go a long way in guarding yourself against such responses.
Take an earnest effort this week to focus on the positive instead of pouring into the negative. While you may never be able to control what happening around you, you can control your response.
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