It is amazing how affected we are by human emotions. Smiling is contagious, so when I am around someone who is upbeat and happy, I also smile a lot more and also feel encouraged, warm, excited, enthusiastic, etc.
When I am around someone who sighs a lot, I also found myself sighing or muttering “ugh” in frustration more.
When someone has a long face, I also found myself feeling more serious.
I don’t really like how I am being affected like this, and I am trying to figure out how I can remain happy and positive even around people who are more negative. Sometimes I found extra energy to be positive when i’m around people who are negative, because I want to bring them up, but if they persist in being negative, then after a couple of days, my energy also wanes. I even feel sad, hopeless, and/or frustrated.
How do people motivate others to feel better and hopeful? (and smile?)