The Power of Negativity

Recently I studied Proverbs 18:21* and got to thinking…

Everyone knows that a positive attitude can bring positive changes, boost your success, and improve your relationships with colleagues, family, and friends. But do you realize that a negative attitude is just as powerful?

Mmm-hmm. Sure is.

This topic is especially relevant now, since our culture seems to be generating a huge supply of negativity. It just spews out willy-nilly. No one seems to give it a thought.

You might say our negativity is all stressed up with no place to go.

Let’s look at some of the powerful things negativity can accomplish!

1. Got almost-perfect weather? Try complaining about the one thing you’d like to adjust. Like, the temperature should be two degrees warmer (cooler), or you’d prefer a little more (less) wind. Your complaints can turn “almost perfect” into “lousy.”

2. Let’s say some stranger on the highway changes lanes in front of you, cutting it a bit close, but doesn’t so much as touch your car. You could take a breath and say, “No harm, no foul,” but where’s the satisfaction in that? You’d display much more power if you lean on your horn, shake your fist (or some variation thereof), and cuss out the offender. Congratulations! You’ve gone from ruining zero people’s day, to ruining your own and someone else’s. See how this increases your output? Sooo efficient.

3. Is your mate pretty dang wonderful, but has a few quirks or flaws? Why express appreciation for the good qualities and exercise patience with the shortcomings? Instead, you can grumble about every little thing. Not only does this crush your mate’s spirit, but at the same time you can set off a defensiveness showdown that makes both of you feel isolated!

As near as I can figure, living in ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME makes a huge impact on your life. People will sit up and take notice of you, all righty. And that’s worth a little high blood pressure and a few broken relationships…… isn’t it?

Thanks for reading,
Jan

* “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. . . ” Proverbs 18:21, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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About Janice C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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9 Responses to The Power of Negativity

  1. DONNA PRICE says:

    I recently heard, I think at a women’s conference, that negative thoughts and words are poison. That was very powerful to me because I am a melancholy and tend to be negative.

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    • Thanks for taking time to comment, Donna! That “poison” description is good. I’m taking notes, because I often catch myself using a negative rather than positive approach. jj

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  2. Jeannine Johnson says:

    So true, attitude is everything in everything

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  3. Janet Thimell says:

    Yep. Powerful!

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  4. 3C Style says:

    Ha, ha…Let’s not forget that there is also some benefit of stress. When we react strongly to a frustration the brain perceives some kind of stress and it starts flooding the body with epinephrine and cortisol. These are no chemical pills. All natural. And it makes your senses become super focus too. 😜

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