Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? Attitudes have a sort of gravity — cheerful people tend to bring out good thoughts and good feelings in people; they bring warmth and light with them. They light candles of enthusiasm. Sad, morose and cynical people do the opposite. They bring out the negative feelings in us; they chill and darken the rooms they occupy and blow out others’ candles.
There is as much happiness and hope in this world as any of us can handle but there is also as much unhappiness and hopelessness.
Negative people pay a high price, but they also can exact a high toll from others.
I realize some people are clinically depressed and they can’t, without therapy or medication, escape the dark dungeon they’re locked in. They deserve our patience, love and support.
On the other hand, when someone chooses to nurture cynicism, pessimism and resentments, when they let their anger or arrogance dominate their thoughts so they live on the dark side of every experience and possibility, they become toxic.