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