We may not be able to stop the flow of negativity in our lives, especially right now, but we can resist its toxic effects by making smart choices about who and what we surround ourselves with, the mindset we adopt, and the information we consume. Not only will we be better off because of these choices — those around us will too.
Fortunately, Christine’s research also shows that there is a productive way to counter those effects. It’s called thriving — the psychological state in which people experience a sense of both vitality and learning. Thriving individuals are growing, developing, and energized rather than feeling stagnated or depleted.