Do some people thrive on negativity?
Have people forgotten how to be positive? I did an experiment recently, in the Doctors waiting room, of all places. Bear with me not as off the wall as it sounds. It’s as good a place as any. You know, there’s the awkward silence, and then someone makes eye contact or starts a general conversation that you feel obliged to respond to. Typically Irish, the weather came up as the topic of conversation. I decided to take part in this conversation but when someone said something negative I consciously hit it with a positive. It went something like this:
Man: “Oh does the rain ever stop.”
Me: No it’s Ireland, of course it doesn’t stop, that is why we have forty shades of green, I thought but replied: “Well, at least it will make my herb and vegetables grow.”
Man: “Hmm, makes the weeds grow too though.”
Woman: “Oh you’re right never stops, it would get you down."
Me: “Liz Hurley says she is jealous of our soft climate, makes for the rights conditions for better skin.”
Woman: “That’s, until the central heating dries it out.”
Me: “Plenty of water to be drunk. It’s good to get out in it though, fresh air, regardless of the weather.”
Woman: “You’d get drenched.”
Me: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad rain proof clothes. They are worth investing in.”
Man: “How long will we be waiting, I wonder.” Both shrug.
Me: “Ah, the waiting gives us a chance to chat and get to know each other.”
I wasn’t giving up and after my last statement I gave them both a big smile. The man’s response was to look at me weirdly and seemed relieved to be called in by the doctor and the woman discontinued the conversation. A new person came in. The above mentioned woman went onto talk about the road deaths to date, I kid you not. So back to my question, do some people just thrive on negativity? Have people forgotten how to be positive?
All I tried was a bit of positivity to which I got continued negative responses. I won’t give up though. Random strangers don’t be afraid to talk to me. I might say something to brighten your day.