Negative people are happier
I read recently that negative people are happier than the average person because they weigh both sides of any situation. This was particularly of interest to me because I have been told many times in my life that I am a negative person. Some have even labeled me a cynic. This always perplexes me, mostly because they negatively assume that I am an unhappy person. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, I believe that I am more happy than the people judging me. I have a great life full of wonderful friends and oodles of love. There’s this strange phenomenon in our culture that people who “complain” or accurately identify a specific situation are negative. When in fact, they’re really more aware of the reality of what they are experiencing, instead of trying to look at it from a more “positive” perspective.
Let’s take last night for example. The weather threatened to ruin a wonderful outdoor event, but rain or shine people were encouraged to attend. There were a lot of good intentioned people saying things like, “The rain is going to stop,” or, “Look, the clouds are parting.” I interjected and said, “It won’t, in fact it’s forecasted to rain the entire weekend.” This brought moans and the typical, “You’re so negative.” Perhaps it was my delivery, but I didn’t think I was being negative. As my friends fussed, and obsessed over the weather I sat, ate and accepted the evening for what it was.
I like the rain.