Mind your PDA's - They're catching.
PDA's, in this application, mean public displays of attitude. You see it all of the time - attitude, attitude, attitude. And, it's not always pretty. You may notice it in co-workers, friends and family. Sometimes you can actually feel it when you read between the lines of some posts, tweets, and even in certain blogs.
You can tell when people are carrying around a big chip, or an abundance of negativity. The arrogance and boastful nature of yet another personality, all but slaps you in the face. You wonder if these carriers of ill-will realize how their attitudes affect other people (and the world)- and if so, why they don't care.
Think your negative attitudes don't hurt? Better mind your PDA's - others can catch them.
Negativity and complaining is plain bad for you. Listening to just 30 minutes of negativity - in person, or on TV - can damage neurons in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for problem solving. The more you gripe and complain, the less likely you are to find a solution for things.
Perhaps what's worse, studies show that passively listening to negatively, for example in the workplace, spreads. Imagine all of those collective brains that struggle with a loss of reasoning due to others PDAs. Do you suppose that's why so little gets resolved in the nation's capitol? (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
If you don't want to catch the negativity - avoid these toxic PDAs.
We can likely agree, there's enough negativity in the world. And according to researchers, anger and resentment are the most contagious of the negative emotions. Being around people with these attitudes, long-term, actually changes the chemical and neurological structures of the brain. And, not in a good way. After a time, those negative patterns become your new way of thinking.
Conversely, if you want to affect your brain waves in a positive way - hang around positive people. A 20 year study found that happiness spreads like the flu, making its way through groups of people much like a contagion. That's good to hear isn't it?
Researchers also found that one person's happiness could affect another for up to a year! Perhaps, at a time in our world where there seems to be challenges all around us, the best advice is to stay positive. And, to take it one step farther, spend time with those co-workers, friends, and family who spread happiness.