Winning with People #40: Don’t be a Downer

 

Have you ever met one of those people who are brilliant at finding the problems in life? You know – the ones who really get annoyed at people who are always cheerful and optimistic? Have you ever met people who, when you smile at them, just look at you without smiling back? How about those people who don’t believe it’s their responsibility to try to make life more pleasant for the people around them?

Or… wait…

Is that maybe… you?

The #1 Rule of Life
Here’s a rule of life you can take to the bank. It’s likely the same one your mom gave you when you were growing up: You get what you give.

This rule is particularly true when it comes to dealing with people. When you smile at people, they are most likely to smile back at you. When you are happy and cheerful, people will most likely respond in a happy and cheerful manner. When you are friendly and kind… well, you get the picture.

The reverse, of course, is also true. When you are mopey, sullen, unexpressive and unresponsive, you only make everyone’s life a little bit more miserable. So, why on earth would you want to do that?

Make it your mission starting today to be cheerful. Make a point to smile at people when they smile at you. Find something every day to laugh about – to find joy with. You have my absolute, complete, total, money-back guarantee that your life will not be worse if you do this. And there’s a pretty good chance it will get a whole heck of a lot better.

Have fun! No… seriously… Have Fun!

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