DOES SOMEONE'S NEGATIVE attitude ruin your
mood often? You can do something about it but it may not be what
you think. Let's look at an example and see how it works.
Johns wife sometimes gets grumpy,
and her bad mood makes him unhappy. He thinks she shouldn't be
in a bad mood so often. She allows herself to be
irritated by things that are really no big deal.
A few times John has been angry enough
to tell Darleen to quit being such a negative person, but it
didnt go well. What can he do? How can John change Darleens
attitude? If he did, John is sure he would be happier.
This is a fairly common situation, but
there is an inherent flaw in the whole thing. Something is happening
that puts Darleen in a bad mood. Darleens bad mood puts
John in a bad mood. John would like Darleen to change so he is
not in a bad mood. Darleen would like the circumstances to change
so she isnt in a bad mood.
In other words, John is doing exactly what
Darleen is doing, and then he is self-righteously condemning
her for what they are both doing.
If John cant get himself into a better
mood regardless of what Darleen is doing, what right does he
have to ask Darleen to do so? And if John can get himself
into a good mood regardless of what Darleen is doing, he no longer
needs Darleen to change her mood to suit him. Either way,
if you find yourself in the same position as John, you need only
to focus on one thing: Improve your own mood regardless of what
the other person is doing.
If you can do that, you wont need
to change the other person. At that point, however, you would
be in a position to help the other person by telling her what
youve done that works. And your showing and telling wouldnt
be done in self-righteous anger or impatience. It would only
be done out of caring because you no longer need her to change.
You no longer have any urgency or a demanding demeanor. That
will make your suggestions much easier to accept.
And youre in a position where whether
she accepts your help or not, youre okay either way because
you know how to improve your own mood regardless of what
Below are some links to articles on techniques
for improving your mood that do not rely on anyone elses
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