It’s so easy to get caught up in one of those conversations. One person talks about their annoying colleague or client, Then someone else ups the negativity with their own story, and on and on it goes. Pretty soon, we are all feeling worse.
Don’t be the person who brightens up a room by leaving. Don’t start the negativity. Don’t add to it.
It starts with changing the conversation.
Tell me something good. I’m your colleague, hairdresser, manager, spouse, neighbour, child, cousin, best friend. Talk to me about an amazing charity or a wonderful thing someone did at work. Give a sincere compliment. Thank a service provider. Share the story about the amazing dog dancing on YouTube or about your neighbour’s child who did such a sweet job of singing or scored the last minute goal.
Sometimes I literally ask someone to tell me something good. It’s my way of avoiding going down that path. And if no one can tell me something good, it’s time to move away from that conversation and to something that is good.
This image below from Shutterstock is my something good to share today. It makes me smile from the inside out. What can you share today so you’re changing the conversation?