Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance
Some people, it seems, thrive on bringing others down. These people can be toxic to those around them. It may be that they’re simply going through a rough time, or it may be that they have a perpetual attitude problem that they haven’t taken time to repair.
When possible, you may try to be a positive influence on the negative people in your life, especially if they are close family members or long-time friends. If you can’t convince them to change their ways, it may do you some personal good to spend less time with them, if possible.
If someone at work is bringing you down, it may be hard to avoid them. In this case, you may try discussing the problem with the co-worker. If they do nothing to improve, and it is truly affecting your work, you may have to take it to a supervisor.
When you must deal with a negative person regularly, and nothing has worked to bring them around to a positive way of thinking, the best you can do is try not to let the negativity get to you. Don’t take their bitter ways bring you down. Keep in mind that you never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, and just keep doing your best despite them.
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