Under the Influence

Under the Influence

In our world, many operate under the influence of drugs, alcohol or another addiction. Sadly, substance abuse has come to affect ten percent of Americans today. What if, instead of succumbing to negative addiction, we were operating ‘under the influence’ of positivity?


Surrounding yourself with positive people is a lesson you’re taught at a young age. But say we actually took this advice to heart - what would it look like?


One of the ways I live my life includes making a conscious effort to be around positive people. Now, I know everybody can have a bad day, and positivity doesn’t always mean being bubbly and outgoing. The important thing I look for when making close friends, is that they genuinely have a positive outlook on life. The glass is half-full, versus half-empty. There is hope for humanity. We can create value if we try. That sort of mindset.


I realize that I am most likely perceived as ‘too happy’ a lot of the time, and that it may bother some… however, if you tend to be a Negative Nancy, I can’t help but ask… is it working for you? Are you truly happy with the negativity in your life, or do you secretly long for the influence of positivity?


If you’re feeling the latter, I challenge you to try these five things:

  1. Find somebody who is over-the-top excited about life, and ask them why.

  2. Every morning, write down three things you are thankful for, and mean it.

  3. Evaluate your closets group of friends - are there more positive or negative personality types? Not sure? Read more about the difference between the two here.

  4. Make a change if necessary. There is no rule that you have to stay friends with negative influences. In fact, there should be a rule that encourages moving on from said friendships.

  5. Befriend somebody who is more positive than you.


Who knows, you might go from Negative Nancy to Positive Polly in no time at all.


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