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14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative

Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.

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Remember the Debbie Downer sketches on “Saturday Night Live”? Played by Rachel Dratch, the character had the ability to bring a depressing commentary to any occasion. Order a nice, juicy steak? She’d look worried and mention Mad Cow disease. Bring up an upcoming vacation, and she’d be sure to discuss the threat of a hurricane. Cue the wah-wah sad trombone.

We all know someone like this—maybe it’s a co-worker, a relative, or even a friend. Negative personalities not only live under a perpetual cloud, they seem most content when they’ve passed their anxiety on to those around them. They can be exhausting to be around, as you practically need a steel shield to keep the negative vibes from ruining your own day. Hmm, a shield. That’s not such a bad idea. Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.

  1. I’m not taking this personally.
  2. I can’t change [insert name] but I can model good behavior.
  3. I follow my own path of happiness.
  4. I have an open, positive mind.
  5. I’m focused on my own success.
  6. The less I respond to negative people, the more peaceful my life is.
  7. I edit my life and its contents.
  8. Today I let go of something negative in my life.
  9. Each positive thought erases a negative one.
  10. Other people don’t control my emotions. I do.
  11. There’s magic and beauty and grace happening all around me.
  12. This is my day.
  13. I live a life filled with gratitude.
  14. I take responsibility for my joyous life.