Are toxic situations and people impacting your mental well-being?
Almost 17 years ago, I accidentally participated in an interesting social experiment.
I had recently left my job (software company, sales) and started a business in my basement.
I went from working in a toxic environment filled with negative people (including myself) and instead spent my days with a newborn and my wife, Nicole.
After about 6 weeks, I decided to go back and visit my friends. We all shared old stories and had a lot of laughs.
When I got in my car to leave, I noticed that my chest felt tight and I had a pit in my stomach. This feeling didn’t go away for several hours.
A few days later, I had an epiphany…
Since leaving my job, my body had adjusted to no longer complaining all day long. Just a couple of hours in the old environment, filled with negative conversations (which I probably led) had shaken my system so much that it made me feel sick.
We are a product of the people we spend the most time with each day.
Choose to be around people who focus on what’s going right in the world.
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