I just finished reading a book by Mike Robbins, Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation. I found this book in an article in Ladies Home Journal written by Courtney De Wet.
'Are you constantly telling, your friends what an oaf your husband in or how poorly paid your are at work - yet seldom sharing good news? Mike Robbins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation , says such negativity has become pervasive in our culture, and that we are doing ourselves damage, feeling more flawed and less satisfied as a result. But, he claims, there is a solution: Go on a complaint fast.
To start, Robbins recommends making a commitment not to complain about anything to anybody for a specific amount of time - say a day or tow. He also suggests going on the fast with a family member or friend for accountability and support. The idea is not to achieve perfection, but to become aware of how often you complain. In time, you'll train yourself to focus on your life's more positive aspects, which has been proven to create a deeper sense of gratitude and overall happiness.'
I think we get caught up in the day to day minutia, sometimes it seems that we are surrounded by people who are telling you how bad it is or how bad you are, and after awhile you start feeling/thinking the same way. I have been finding myself taking very deep breaths lately and trying to focus on 'your life's more positive aspects'.
What are you doing to keep focus, when surrounded by negativity?