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How To Be Positive When Surrounded By Negativity

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You might sometimes feel like you’re surrounded by negative energy. Whether it’s coming from a hostile work environment, a difficult social group, or just the deluge of sad stories in the news, it can really bring us down.

Not only does this reduce your general quality of life, but it makes it hard to focus on manifesting something good in your life.

Whether you’re currently working to attract specific things or just looking to have a happier existence, here are 12 things to remember when you’re surrounded by negativity!

1. It’s Important To Find The Source

If you’re going to defend yourself against negativity, you need to understand where it’s coming from. Don’t just be paralyzed by the bad experience you’re having.

Identify the major source or sources! You’ll be able to think about how you can remove yourself from those sources.

2. You Receive More Of What You Focus On


The Law of Attraction is playing a role in whether you’re surrounded by negativity.

So, if you focus on the idea of a solution to negativity (rather than the unpleasant things themselves), you tune into positive energy you can use to your advantage. This way you are not attracting more negativity, resulting in an ongoing cycle.

3. You Do Have The Power To Find Solutions

Regardless of what’s going on, there’s always something you can do to make things better.

Tune into this power and potential inside yourself (perhaps through an energy-raising meditation), and avoid thinking of yourself as a helpless victim.

4. Seek Out Positive People

You can quickly and effectively counteract the sense that you’re surrounded by negativity if you immediately reach out to those who exude positivity. Call a supportive friend, email a beloved relative, or go to a group focused on a favorite hobby.

5. It’s Not Always Personal

Negativity can feel like it’s directed at you, or about you. However, it’s usually more about other people’s personal baggage than anything about your worth, so do your best to see this. Negativity will hurt you less as a result.

(Be sure to check out Joe Vitale's Clearing Negativity From Your Life for more ideas on how to show yourself positivity today!)

6. There Are Healthy Outlets For Negativity

Don’t deny negative emotions when you do feel them! Acknowledge them, and find a way to let them out.

Some people find exercise helps while creating art or writing in a journal works better for others. Experiment with healthy ways to externalize those negative feelings, making space for positivity.

7. Adversity Is A Source Of Growth

Although it doesn’t feel like it at the time, encountering negativity can be a great way to spur you on to grow and evolve in ways that serve your overall growth.

Discovering the right methods for beating negativity will push you out of your comfort zone and enhance your resilience.

8. Expectations Need To Be Released

Happy people are so because they have a skill set for handling bad things (not because bad things never happen to them).

The trick is to release your expectations, and instead concentrate on what you can do to bring the best possible future to fruition. This can be a difficult thing to do, but mindfulness techniques prime your brain to do it.

9. Choose Between Accepting And Disengaging

Being surrounded by negativity can feel like being in purgatory, but you have two options for moving through it. You can accept the situation as it is (and therefore letting go of emotions like anger and resentment) or disengage (and therefore removing yourself from the context of the negativity, such a toxic relationship).

10. Show Yourself Positivity

You can also respond to negativity by insulating yourself with a protective coating of positivity. In other words, affirm your best qualities, tend to your needs, and show yourself real compassion (as you would anyone else who deserves love).

For example, say to yourself: “I have the strength I need to succeed and be happy”.

Concrete acts like having a nourishing meal, booking a massage, or taking a day off all help to replenish low reserves and raise your vibration.

Be sure to check out Joe Vitale's Clearing Negativity From Your Life for more ideas on how to show yourself positivity today!

11. Spread Positivity Outwards

When you also choose to try and elevate the vibrations of others, this powerful energy spreads outwards and combats negativity in the wider environment. Even small, kind gestures help to change the world around you, so fight negativity with positivity.

12. This Too Shall Pass

Finally, when negativity feels really overwhelming and distressing, remember the old mantra: “This too shall pass”.

Nothing is permanent, whether good or bad, and things will not be difficult forever. Visualize the future you want to create, and live in the knowing that it will arrive!

Cut the negative energy cord in your life today! Download Joe Vitale's FREE E-book right now…

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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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