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Negative Energy: 10 Ways To Get Rid Of It Right Now!

Updated on February 25, 2015
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Negative Energy

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Get rid of negative energy!

Negative energy is a caustic force that you absolutely don’t want in your life. It generates bad karma and also takes a toll on your health.

Research shows that people who carry negative energy with them get more sick than most and suffer from poor self-esteem. They also tend to live shorter lives.

If negative energy has been part of your reality, it has likely caused you a number of problems, including unwanted illnesses, financial struggles and unhealthy relationships with others.

Negative energy can also cause you to gain weight and accelerate the aging process. In fact wherever negative energy exists, there is a high likelihood that bad luck is not too far behind.

I have seen first hand just how destructive negative energy can be in my own life and the lives of loved ones. It took a devastating toll on my health in the form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lost relationships. It snatched the health of my grandmother and caused her to become a double amputee. It also caused the death of a pet dog that I loved dearly.

Making the decision to cleanse yourself of negative energy means deciding to turn away from toxic thoughts. It means choosing to engage in activities that promote and maintain wellness. It means stopping the downward spiral of sorrow and pain and tapping into a greater force that is restorative and repairative.

Finally, cleansing yourself of negative energy means limiting exposure to caustic people.

"We attract what we are. We attract what is familiar. We attract what we put into the universe. We cannot give what we do not possess"

- A collection of ancient proverbs on energy

Here are 10 ways you can repel negative energy in your life and move about the business of attract something more positive.

Are your ready?

Let’s jump right in!

Negative and Positive Energy Grid

Negative Energy Attracts
Positive Energy Attracts
Poverty
Wealth
Sickness
Health
Bad Mood
Positive Outlook
Unhealthy People
Healthy Relationships
Money Problems
Wealth and Prosperity
Weight Gain
Healthy Weight
Death
Life
How Negative Energy and Positive Energy Can Impact Your Life

Look for positive

Repel negative energy by looking for positive.
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1. Focus on the positive

Focusing on the positive doesn't mean adopting a Pollyanna attitude to life. Instead, it means identifying the good things, however small, that are part of your reality.

An example might be that child who smiled at you today for no apparent reason or the dollar you found on the sidewalk.

It could also mean focusing on something positive about yourself, such as the unique color of your eyes or the wonderful ability you have to make others laugh. You may struggle at first with identifying the positive but in time, a snowball effect will take place and it will be fairly easy to quickly list all of the good things happening in your life.

Not everything is “bad” in your life. Focusing on the positive empowers our next point – gratitude.

Gratitude

Push back negative energy through gratitude.
Push back negative energy through gratitude. | Source

2. Practice gratitude with zeal

One of the most powerful ways you can cleanse yourself of negativity is by practicing gratitude. This however, can only happen after we focus on the positive. Practicing gratitude with zeal means not complaining about a given struggle and appreciating your greater journey.

It means believing that you are worthy of happiness and appreciative of all that has been done on your behalf. Gratitude disempowers caustic behaviors, which can translate into isolation and loneliness. Your ability to engage in gratitude fuels the next negative energy cleaning tactic – modesty.

Repel negativity through modesty.
Repel negativity through modesty. | Source

3. Practice Modesty

Modesty is truly an art form. It requires that you embrace the gifts that you have and trust that the universe will recognize them.

Modesty means resisting the urge to brag about yourself or your deeds and believe that your efforts will ultimately be rewarded.

When you over-promote who you are or what you have done for others, you set yourself up in a negative trap of expectations. Nothing is owed to you. Remember, all that you have is ultimately a gift. And while you may have worked hard to obtain the position in life that you have reached, someone, somewhere helped to make that possible.

Evade negative energy by embracing yourself
Evade negative energy by embracing yourself | Source

4. Embrace who you are

There is an old saying that suggests we attract what we are. If constantly deny certain truths about yourself, you create a negative paradox that is fueled by guilt and shame. Embracing who you are means embracing all of who you are, including your mental health issues.

Embracing who you are also means recognizing that you are not alone on this journey called life and that others just like you are working through different life challenges.

Example: If you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), know that you have nothing to be ashamed of. Did you know that many celebrities have struggled with OCD? It’s true! The same holds true if you are challenged by depression.

5. Choose to be around positive people

All of us to some extent have the ability to choose whom we associate with. When you choose to surround yourself with positive people, you paradoxically attract positive things in your life – including money. Choosing to be around positive people means letting negative people go. Never try to keep someone around who doesn’t want to stay.

If you are not able to distance yourself from negative people, you can choose to limit exposure. This means not allowing your deep empathy for others to turn into a situation where you end up becoming emotionally drained.

It means recognizing the signs of people who engage in learned helplessness and being OK with allowing them to walk their own path. Finally, it means knowing which personality types you are most compatible with.

Negative Energy Can Be Repelled

Escape Negative Energy
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6. Embrace humor

Finding humor in various life events a sometimes be challenging. One of the best ways you can begin embrace humor is by allowing yourself to laugh – particularly at yourself. Rather than channeling negative energy towards yourself through self-criticism, try giggling.

By taking yourself less seriously and recognizing that mistakes are part of life, you help to repel the darkness and usher in restorative and healing light.

Help others

Helping others repels negative energy
Helping others repels negative energy | Source

7. Help other people

When you are in a dark, negative place, it is difficult to do much of anything. This is particularly true if you are feeling depressed or highly anxious. One of the best ways to detoxify yourself of the negative energy you are holding is to help other people.

When you help other people, you channel the powerful energy of love. This is one of the most healing and forces in the universe. You don’t have to do anything herculean either to offer assistance to those who might be in need.

An example might be offering to help an elderly person cross the street or holding an elevator door open for someone in a rush. You can also help others by volunteering your time to causes that you care about and by donating money to people who are truly in need. When you help others, you paradoxically help yourself and attract harmony.

Open windows

Opening windows clears negative energy
Opening windows clears negative energy | Source

8. Open windows

Opening your windows allows you to become closer with nature – a life giving force that is all about positive energy. Even when it is cold outside, it is good sometimes to let in fresh air. The act of opening your windows will require that you also open your shades.

Combined, the light (even from nighttime stars), combined with restorative planetary winds will cleanse your environment of stale oxygen – something that negative energy likes to dwell in. Finally, opening your windows creates a symbiotic relationship mother nature, which is a force that pushes you towards the light.

Peace chant repels negativity

9. Chant goodness

Chanting is a commonly used spiritual practice that has rhythmic elements. You don’t need to speak a foreign language to engage in a chant that is designed to cleanse yourself of negative energy. All you need to do is pick a group or words or a positive phrase to help chase away the darkness.

If you are struggling with creating your own chant, consider partaking in a basic “Om Shanti Om” chant that is designed to clear your mind, purge yourself of negativity and attract positive energy. This is a very powerful way for you to clear the dark forces currently hovering around your life.

Candles

Candles repel negativity
Candles repel negativity | Source

10. Light a candle

A final way to remove negative energy from your immediate proximity is to light a candle. Darkness cannot exist if there is any form of light. Even if there is sunlight outside, a candle can help your situation. You may be wondering how?

When you light a candle, you have the ability to attach a thought to the burning flame. What many people do is identify the one negative thought that seems to be a constant in their life and then mentally project that thought onto the candle flame. Let the heat of the burn from that candle slowly disintegrate the negative energy your dark thought has been holding over you.

Some people who believe in a higher power like to weave in prayers. Others who subscribe to humanistic and Karmic principles use elements of astral-projection. Finally, people who are of certain zodiac signs tap into various forms of celestial energy. The choice is yours but candle burning can help to reinforce a positive intention while destroying dark toxicity.

Negative Energy Poll

I am including a poll below that asks how negative energy has affected your life. There is just no way that I can list all of the potential ways negativity has impacted you so I have included general themes. Pick what best fits your lifetime situation.

Negative Energy Poll

Negative energy has caused me to:

See results

Summing Things Up

Negative energy is perhaps the most caustic force in the universe. It is insidious in nature and can rob you of things like hope, joy, happiness and love. It is vital that you find ways of ridding yourself of negative energy whenever possible.

A great book for you to consider is the Mind Body Code authored by Dr. Mario Martinez. Inside, you will find page after page of useful, practical and meaningful information on how to create positive change in your life and move through all forms of negativity. I am including link below - just click on the book.

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      Donna S 2 years ago from Southern California

      This is a wonderful hub and has some solid advice for those seeking positive energy! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great hub--the kind one can read everyday for personal growth! Thank you!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks you so much Social Minds - truly that means a lot. I was hoping this might help people.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Ms Dora you are a sweet heart. Thank you. BTW I love your glasses in your picture!

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      John M 2 years ago from Chicago

      Extra interesting hub! I like the psychological bend you offered!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I always like to read uplifting articles and I like the energy in here. I'm spreading it by sharing this hub.

      Very good one!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thank you crisp!! I'm glad you liked and are sharing! I've always loved your hubs!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very well written, useful and motivational hub!

      Everyday, we need to read such positive articles to inspire ourselves.

      Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! Very well presented and it's the kind of writing that most of us need to read from time to time to get us back on track. Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Read this one and marked and came back and read it again. This is great stuff to be savored and practiced. Thank you.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thank you Chitrangada! I love ALL of your hubs so this is high praise. I am humbled.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, MHiggins. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing - truly!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Eric - you are most kind to have shared this. Thanks you SO much. Glad it was helpful!

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub and great advice. I try to stay away from negative energy. This is not always easy. Many family members seem to always exhibit negative energy and thoughts. I know I cannot change these individuals, so I choose to ignore their negativity and focus on the positive things in life.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thank you Lisa. I try to stay away from it just like you and for the same reasons. It's so caustic!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Very interesting hub. I think I have already incorporated most of these qualities into my life, not because I was trying to ward off negative energy, but because they just seemed likewise and prudent things to do. Absolute number one, which you refer to, is that we have to learn to like ourselves no matter what temporary weigh station we find ourselves in with life.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I really liked this hub. This should be read and practiced by everyone! Seriously. :-) Thank you.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

      I like your article about the techniques to gain good energy.I like all the ten advices. The one I like the most. It is being positive. I like the others too. Your writing makes a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, Mel for stopping by. Yep, #1 is super important for sure! Glad you liked!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Genna, you are very kind to say that. I am glad you liked and am hoping as many people as possible will read. I am stopping by your hubs in a bit.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Eronates, I am so glad you liked. My hope was to spread something positive that people could benefit from. Thanks for the share!

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      dragonflycolor 2 years ago

      It is so interesting that this popped up in my feed because I am experiencing some negativity with my plumbing and pocket book right now! Eeek! Time to let go of all the bad and breathe in the good. Thanks so much for all these wonderful tips!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Hi, Dragonflycolor,

      Sorry to hear you are dealing with any negativity. I am glad this was a helpful hub for you on getting rid of negative energy!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This was an excellent hub with practical advice. Negativity must be neutralized, cleansed, released so that it doesn't turn toxic. Voted up and more and sharing.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, FlourishAnyay - I am glad you liked! :)

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      staying around with positive people are one of the best thing that I consider to get rid of negative energy...

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      I agree!

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      Anamika S 2 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome hub on a very relevant topic. For years I held grudges and suffered the after effects. The moment I let them go and forgive the people who hurt me and, my life changed. Sharing!

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      buddhaanalysis 2 years ago

      Very useful hub!!

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      CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for all the great tips for releasing negative energy. Some days it is definitely easier than others!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      Excellent hub with great pointers. It's so easy to get caught up in a negative situation which leads to cascading negative thoughts. I have been purposely surrounding myself with positive activities and people and seeing the good in everything to rid negative energy from my life. Voted up and shared!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      While we instinctively know the negative effects of negative energy, it can be difficult to dispel. Great suggestions. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      You bet and thank you for stopping by!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      You are jind - thanks for the feedback and glad you liked!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks so much! I'm over at your hubs now and loving them!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      This was a wonderful hub and very inspiring. Our outlook on life would be so much better if we followed those rules.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Very informative and an awesome hub for an engineering mind like mine! I learned a lot from this hub.

      I only beg to differ in one small respect from what you gave as a way of attracting positive energy. At # 7, instead of helping other people, I would say join causes to help people, flora, and fauna :-)

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks! I think it does mention something in the narrative about that

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      Maria Antonia 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Just reading this Hub lifted my mood from melancholy to lively. Thanks for the excellent insights that are worth reading again and again.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Glad you liked and thanks for following he visit Maria!

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Mr. Holly, always good to read your writing. Did you know that you're writing in the flow of Jesus? Just keep it up!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      This is fascinating! and so useful, I am coming back again and again to read it and listen to the videos, definitely need this! thanks!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      I am glad you liked!! :)

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      We are in total agreement about the benefits of positive thinking and gratitude. I often write on these subjects myself. Voted up, I and U.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, Catherine! I'm going to check out your hubs now!

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      Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Fabulous hub! I saw my life turn completely around about 10 yrs. ago, when I began exercising, gardening, learned to read tarot cards, and stopped drinking. It was amazing how good things and new people I liked kept coming into my life. And I lost a lot of weight, so felt I looked good too!

      This is all great advice. I notice you have written on white sage, I smudge my house everyday and am getting more serious about my meditation practice. My son and I are escaping the holiday season and leaving for Antigua tomorrow, so I am excited and feel the change of scenery will be a positive thing. Have a great Christmas, John, and all the best in the New Year. xo

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, Jean! I really appreciate the kind words. I'll check into sage for sure now that you have told me this. Have a WONDERFUL trip to Antigua and safe travels!

      I hope you have a wonderful and health New Year!!! :)

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub mister Hollywood and the bright and beautiful images also add to the positive energy. Great work which I vote up and share. Now looking forward to many more by you.

      Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

      Eddy.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, Eddy! I loved positive hubs as well! I can't wait to read more!!

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      Lots of must follow advice here...thanks for sharing it:-))

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks so much Smilealot!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Singling out one of these as being more powerful than the others just would not work....all of them together fill our lives with the positive energy our lives crave.

      Toxic people and situations bring nothing good to our lives as you have carefully demonstrated here.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

      Voted up++++ and shared

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I love this hub..so well written and so try. Voted up and interesting..I will be following you @misterhollywood

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      No wonder nothing goes smoothly for me, thanks

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks and I am glad you liked!!!!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks Temiogers!!! I will be following you too!!!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Ha:) I can relate. Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Dennis L. Page 23 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I am so happy I came across your post today and accordingly, voted you up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. When I was younger I hung around a variety of people with different personalities. Some people were intoxicating with their positive energy. Some were extremely negative and then there were those who could go either way. For me, part of maturity is the realization what is and isn't good for the mind, body and soul. I'm at peace with myself now and only surround myself with like minded and positive thinking people. After all, everyday above ground is a good day.

      I incorporate much of the suggested items mentioned in this post. It is second nature now and I just act this way subconsciously. On a personal level, I would highly recommend "The Secret" as good place to start on changing the negative to a positive.

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      John Hollywood 23 months ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks, Pagevoices - truly. I am glad that you enjoyed. I truly believe in the power of positive energy. Thanks for the mention of The Secret! Good book!!

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      Akriti Mattu 23 months ago from Shimla, India

      I wrote on a similar topic, a while back on my blog (though shorter). I loved your post. Very well written. Negativity should never be a part of one's life. Drains you down.

      Life should be lived with affluence and positivity :-)

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      John Hollywood 23 months ago from Hollywood, CA

      Thanks Akriti!

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