Is Negativity Contagious?

I wonder if we have an addiction to complaining? I’ve noticed a lot of people doing a lot of complaining lately. I realize as I listen that I need to check myself to be sure I’m not falling into the same trap of negativity. Some are even complaining about other people complaining! 😳 Here’s what I’d like to offer – clearly, if you/we/I are complaining, something needs to change. You’re/we’re/I’m not happy with something or someone. And, if that’s the case, it’s your/our/my responsibility to make the necessary changes. That might look like voting, or having an uncomfortable conversation, or doing things differently. You/we/I must take responsibility for our own happiness. Life isn’t perfect. It’s varied AF. The variations are what makes it interesting and meaningful. We are so effing privileged we complain about things that probably don’t truly matter in the large scheme of life. We have never known real hunger or thirst. We drink safe, clean water. We have a warm, safe place to sleep. We own more clothes, shoes, books, – STUFF – than most people throughout the world own. (They might have 1-2 pairs of shoes and a couple outfits.) Most of us own cars. Most of us have never had to flee our homes due to the violence of war. I could go on here, but I hope you get my point. Death is but a breath away in any given moment. That person you/we/I’m complaining about may die tomorrow. And when that happens, how will you feel? Will you still be complaining? Will you feel regretful and miss them? What if you lose...