Negativity can be very persuasive - and it doesn't just show itself in Doomsday Theories. We find it in our daily lives, on the one hand by just watching TV (and news in particular), and, on the other and more importantly, through pessimistic people that we have to put up with at our jobs and in our families.
And make no mistake, it can be contagious. Misery is easy, it's
happiness you have to work at. The way towards a pessimistic outlook on
life is always the one with the least resistance.
It is emotionally challenging to be around a negative person , somebody
whose glass is always half-empty, a person that doesn't accept that
there are shades between black and white. So protect yourself.
There are limits on the protection you can give yourself in your family
and in your workplace. There are people you just have to spend time
with, like it or not.
Not so with your friends, so choose them wisely. Other people will
always rub off on your personality, the kind of person you are. So
surround yourself with positive people.
Befriend people who are optimistic, who view life more as a series of
challenges to be overcome and to grow with, instead of those who only
see problems ahead.
Look for those with a sense of humor, somebody you can have a good laugh
with. Laughter is, after all, the last defense against the universe.
Find those who accept that life is difficult, but who know that life is
MEANT to be difficult. They are those who overcome obstacles, instead of
just moaning that there is yet another one.