Positivity is infectious and negativity is contagious.
Or, maybe negativity is infectious, and positivity is contagious?
Which ever way you look at it, the same is true, it’s easy to “catch” onto other people’s emotions.
Think of emotions as second-hand smoke. Whatever the room is being filled with, either positivity or negativity, it affects everyone in the room.
There are direct consequences to either of the two emotions.
For instance, negativity influences one’s morale, performance, motivation, and energy for the bad.
While positivity influences one’s morale, performance, motivation, and energy for the good.
If you want success, you need a mindset that supports it, and an environment that encourages it.
It seems easy, right? Just surround yourself with positivity and you’ll emit positivity. However, it’s easier said than done.
Of course, you should still be empathetic to others, and relate to what they’re going through, the difference is awareness.
Instead, it’s important to be aware of the impact that the emotional states of others has on you and to take care of yourself when you need to for your own emotional wellbeing.
If on your way to work you’re in a good mood, then find yourself tense and stressed after walking in the door, that should indicate to you that you're allowing your workplace to infect you, negatively.
When with a significant other or family member and feel tense, but you find your mood lifting when you're away from that person, there's another indication.
Awareness to the negativity, results in awareness to the positivity.
Learning to attend to these indications as you move in and out of the day, you'll be a step ahead in determining the best strategies to use to get the most out of your relationships both professional and private.
Awareness is key!