Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the negativity in your life? Are the people around you bringing you down? It can be hard to stay positive in such a negative environment, but it’s not impossible.

Here are 8 ways to stay positive when surrounded by negative people.

  1. Understand That Negativity is Contagious – Many times, negativity is like an infectious disease that spreads from person to person. Therefore, it’s important to keep yourself aware of this and know that being around negative people can have a direct impact on your own attitude and outlook on life. Remember: You don’t have to be pulled down by the same negativity that’s dragging everyone else down!
  2. Look for the Good – Even amongst all the bad, try to look for the good in each situation and find something positive about it that you can focus on. This will help take your mind away from any negative thoughts or feelings that may be creeping in because of those around you.
  3. Focus On What You Can Control – When facing challenging situations, focus your attention on what you can control instead of worrying about what others are doing or saying. Remind yourself that only you can decide how you want to react and how much power these words or actions have over your happiness and well-being.
  4. Create A Positive Environment Around You – As much as possible, create positive environments where your day-to-day activities are based upon things that make you feel more energized and uplifted than drained or exhausted from dealing with negativity around every corner. Whether it’s listening to music, writing in a journal, taking a walk outside or finding time for meditation, do whatever works best for you to keep yourself grounded and focused on what really matters most in life – YOU!
  5. Mentally Disconnect From Drama & Conflict – Make sure to keep some distance between yourself and those involved in any drama or conflicts around you so as not to become impacted by it all too heavily.
  6. Avoid Getting Too Emotionally Invested – While it’s important to be compassionate and understanding, you want to make sure that you aren’t too emotionally invested in what is going on around you. Be mindful of how much energy you give out and remember there’s a difference between empathizing with someone and getting entangled with their issues as if they were your own.
  7. Connect With Positive People – Just like negativity is contagious, so is positivity! When surrounded by negative people or in difficult situations, try to seek out people who will bring out the best in you instead of bringing you down. Surround yourself with positive friends who will help lift your spirits and encourage you to stay focused on all the good that exists in your life.
  8. Keep A Gratitude Journal – One of the best ways to stay positive when dealing with negative people or challenging situations is to write down some things that you’re thankful for each day. Not only will this help remind yourself of all that is good, but it can also allow you some mindfulness to be aware of the abundance and joy that still exists in your life during tough times.

Staying positive even when surrounded by negative people can be difficult, but with these 8 tips it doesn’t have to be impossible! Focus on what’s within your control, create a positive environment around yourself, disconnect from drama and conflict, connect with positivity-filled people, and write down what you’re grateful for every day – these are all great ways to stay upbeat no matter how dire a situation may seem at first glance!