“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each of us emits “energy” into our surroundings. Think how easy it is to detect a change in the atmosphere when someone is angry with us, or how positive the mood is when we are having fun, joking around with a loved one.
This energy is palpable, and we have all experienced the energy of other people. If the energy is positive, it feels good to be around that person. If it is negative, we want to pull away, because that energy affects us: we feel tense, irritated, it brings us down, or we feel like we are walking on eggshells.
Just as we are affected by the energy of others, they are affected by ours. Therefore, we need to be aware of just what we are putting out there into the environment shared by others. Just as we take care of our personal hygiene so we do not offend others, we should practice good “psychological hygiene.”
Negative energy can be toxic to others. It originates in thought, and can affect others whether we voice it, show it in our behavior, or simply keep it to ourselves. Negative energy is generated by thoughts that are critical, judgmental, belittling, rejecting, angry , or polarizing.
One negative person can affect an entire office, or unsettle an entire household. Being in a “bad mood” does not justify making life miserable for everyone around us. While you are shaking the dirt off your shoes before entering your home or place of work, also make a point of “shaking off” any negative energy you might be carrying. Others will appreciate it, and you will feel better.
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