9 Ways to Stay Positive Around Negative People

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You probably know more than your fair share of negative people! Some of them may even be your friends or family, which is difficult because you still love them and want to be around them.

Since they’re everywhere, it’s important to know how to coexist with negative people. They can have an impact on your attitude and your day, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

This post is going to outline a few ways you can focus on the good things and become a positive influence, even if it seems like everyone around you has a negative outlook on life.

Ways to Stay Positive Around Negative People

“You can only overcome a negative attitude with a positive attitude.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Practice these strategies to avoid allowing negative people to negatively impact your life.

Try to influence others

Understand that you can only control yourself, but you can influence others.

You can’t snap your fingers and make the people around you take a more positive view of the world. But you can control yourself and how you choose to react to their negativity.

You might even be able to sway people over to your way of thinking a little bit. Set a good example and be a positive influence on those around you.

Be grateful

One way to maintain a positive attitude is to remind yourself of the positive. When you’re feeling run down by the negativity around you, make a quick mental list of the things in your life that you’re thankful for. It will give your mood a quick boost.

Remember that it’s not about you

Everyone has their challenges and issues. There’s no reason to be upset that someone has a negative attitude.

It likely doesn’t have anything to do with you at all. It could be circumstances in their life or their basic nature. Just keep on doing what you’re doing.

You have the choice to be positive or negative

You can choose to be affected or not by the people around you. Focus on yourself and keep your chin up. Take care of your business and let others view the world however they choose.

Speak up

Sometimes it can be helpful to tell people to just cut it out. Many people will push until someone calls them on their behavior.

Have a frank talk with someone that’s perpetually negative. Maybe they’re not aware of the impact they’re having on others.

Spend time with positive people

Recharge your batteries with the positive energy of other positive people. Get away from those negative people and spend time with people who have positive attitudes.

It doesn’t take long to recenter yourself when you surround yourself with the right people. It’s amazing what a big change you’ll notice when you’re surrounded by others with the same goals and aspirations as yourself rather than negative people who will try to bring you down.

“You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.”

Joel Osteen

Make the most of your time alone

Make the most of the time you have to yourself. Do things you really enjoy doing, read positive affirmations, or watch feel-good movies.

Put your attention on positivity. It can be like armor against negative people.

Headphones can be your friend

If the situation permits, put on some headphones or earbuds. What you can’t hear can’t bother you.

Consider listening to a positive podcast or music that makes you feel good. If your work situation allows this, it would be silly not to take advantage of it.

Stay away

There are plenty of people in your life that are optional. Stay away from negative people that you don’t have to associate with. You have some control over who is part of your life and who is not.

Negative people will drag you down if you let them. Take steps to minimize the impact they have on your life. Practice gratitude each day, and you can maintain a positive perspective. Block negative people out with headphones and stay away from as many negative people as possible.

Negative people will always be around, but you can choose to deal with them and still be a positive person.

“A negative attitude drains, a positive attitude energizes.”

Lindsey Rietzsch, The Happy Lady

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