Posts Categorized: Relationships

Changing Other People: Three Ways We Can Influence Others to Be More Positive

We often hear how we can’t change other people; we can only change ourselves.  Then, today, I was reading an article by Michelle Gielan (who works with husband and fellow positive-psychology researcher, Shawn Achor) about how we actually CAN make other people more positive.  Of course, I had to learn more!  Here’s three ways we… Read more »

Is It Better to Give than Receive? The Research Says Yes

We’ve all probably heard the adage that it’s better to give than receive. But this isn’t just a saying, there’s actual research that shows this is true for our success and wellbeing.  The “giving” I’m referring to is social support – being there for someone else emotionally, showing you care, and offering help as needed…. Read more »

Don’t Just Do It For Yourself – How our positivity affects those around us

Do you brighten a room when you enter or when you leave? I really like this phrase!! It’s a great reminder that our attitudes and emotions have a strong influence on the people around us. Most of my tips focus on how we, as individuals, benefit when we train ourselves to be more positive. Another very important result that… Read more »

A Fun Activity that Improves Connection and Interactions with Others

Here’s a fun activity that can help people connect at a deeper level and gain a better understanding about why people believe, behave, and think the way they do.  It’s great for improving communication and cooperation in teams, committees, boards, and even families. This activity explores one of the key factors that impact our perspective… Read more »

Why Are Some People More Negative than others? Our genetics play a role

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You’ve probably noticed how some people in your life seem to be more upbeat and optimistic while others are constantly focused on all the things that go wrong.  I remember wondering why people are so different in their mindsets.  Was it just easier for some people to be positive?  Did they choose to be more… Read more »

What Was People’s Most Common Cause of Negativity? Other people!

negative people, The Positive Edge

Thanks so much to all of you who shared the areas and situations in your life that cause you the most negativity.  I really appreciate your thoughts!  I was struck by the common theme – OTHER PEOPLE!! Here’s a quick summary of the negative people you listed. People who push your buttons You get riled up and… Read more »

Permission to Be Human – Adding a link to the chain of forgiveness

Permission to be human

Self-Forgiveness I couldn’t believe it!  I had the appointment in my calendar, but for some reason, I’d totally overlooked it!  Now I had missed it completely and left the other person waiting.  I felt terrible!  Did they think I was just a thoughtless person who had blown them off?  How could I make it up… Read more »