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Improve Your Attitude with a Negativity Fast

Despite all of our challenges, we humans continue on our relentless upward trajectory. Things just continue to get better and better. That’s not suggest to that there haven’t been missteps along the way or that there won’t be many more. Surely there will be. But this isn’t the story that you find told on the news, regardless of the source.

The way that the events of the day are reported on television, on the radio, on the Internet, and in magazines would have one believe that the entire world is going to Hell in a hand basket. There is no “fair and balanced” reporting when the only things reported are negative, and sensationalized at that. It’s all negativity, all of the time.

I’m not suggesting that you pretend that there aren’t real problems or real tragedies occurring all around you. But it’s also not right to pretend that this is all that there is. If all you take in is negative, you end up with a very distorted—and negative—worldview.

To help improve the one thing that only you can control and that makes the biggest difference in your results, your attitude, go on negativity fast.

Avoiding Negative News

Fasting is good for you. It gives you time to remove things that are harmful, recover, and restore balance. This is true for your mind as well as your body. Take the week off of negativity, starting with the news.

No National Public Radio. No CNN. No Fox News. No Politico.

No New York Times. No Wall Street Journal. No Financial Times of London.

Nothing sensationalized.

Instead of taking in all of the negative events of the day, take in something better. Listen to music. Listen to an audio book. Work on your own personal development. Start a gratitude journal. Watch an inspiring documentary.

Ever meet a super successful person that is also super negative? Ever met anyone who was happy and grateful and who is also negative. I haven’t. I’ll bet you can’t think of one either.

Avoid Negative People

I sometimes find myself trapped by people that want to share problems and challenges with me, but always in a way that is negative. They want to blame or criticize someone else. They don’t really want help. They don’t have ideas as to make anything better; they really just want to complain. They are negative, and it can take its toll on your attitude, your outlook, and your mindset.

Do you have people like this in your life? Think their negativity isn’t having an impact on your attitude? Think again. Negativity is the only cancer that spreads by contact.

Maybe you can’t avoid the negative people in your life forever, but you can avoid them for a week. Or maybe you can tell them that you are in the middle of a “negativity fast” and that if they want to share with you that it has to be in a positive, meaningful way?

Take the week off of negativity in all forms.


Does it matter what you put in your mind?

Can you put only negative things into your mind and expect your attitude and mindset not to be effected?

How do you balance all of the bad, negative, and sensationalized news with something positive and meaningful?

How do you avoid allowing negative people to infect you with their negativity?

If you dare to go on a negativity fast, let me know how it goes.

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  • James D

    Oh yes, we should avoid negativity in all its variants. Nevermind that we need to keep an eye on current events whether they are positive or negative, as they can determine how we go about our daily lives. And yes, we should remove ourselves from negative people, even when they ”
     blame or criticize someone ” which could actually mean they feel there is a problem that needs to be removed. 

    I’m not saying that we should all be 100% negative, but what you’re arguing is instead of having a body full of Yin, we replace it all with Yang. Problem is, your mind and life will still be imbalanced. We need negative thinking to survive as well as positive thinking. Consider this: The person who’s constantly positive and chipper all the time, to the point where it’s downright annoying…I’d find that person just as annoying as someone who was constantly negative. 

    I do agree with your point that news tends to focus a bit too much on the negativity, but that’s what sells. It would be better to just accept it for what it is. 

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      You make my point for me, James. We are unbalanced because all we get is Yang. Why not take a week off on negativity and restore some balance? What would you miss? 

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