1 Timothy 6 6There are so many people who don’t like being around positive people. People who are always happy, always looking on the bright side of life and encouraging others. It really surprises me there are some who find positive people annoying. However, I can think of a few reasons why some may feel negatively toward positive people:

Reason #1 – Positive Outbursts

Positive people smile. They do. They smile a lot. Some of them burst into songs or whistles or shouts. They can’t seem to contain their happiness so they have to let it out. That annoys those who are wanting to be focused on their problems. The people who are dwelling on all the issues in their lives and worried about this or that don’t want to be interrupted by a positive outburst.

Reason #2 – Always Grateful

Positive people are grateful. They look on the sunny side of life. They see opportunity in all things. When others say how bad things are, the positive person says it will be okay. The positive person mentions all the good things in the situation. The positive person talks of blessings and opportunities to learn. That annoys those who are really trying to be in the moment of ungratefulness. They want to be discontent and upset about the situation and don’t want the positive people to bring up good things which will distract them from the bad.

Reason #3 – Excited Energy

Positive people have energy. They are excited about anything. The sun is shining. Yay! The weather is turning from summer to fall. Can’t wait! The birds are singing. Woo hoo! Isn’t that annoying to most negative people? They don’t want to focus on the good and be energized by the little things in life. They want to stay focused on the big problems around them in their work, in their homes and in the world. How can anyone be energetic and excited about such little trivial things when the world seems to be crashing down around them?

Yes, negative people tend to stay away from those who are positive. And if they are forced to be in the same room with them or to run into them at an event or even have to work with them, they will turn up their negativity dial a little higher so they can be sure they stay negative and don’t catch that positive vibe from those positive people.

It’s really funny to watch a negative person encounter a positive one. They negative person tends to look at the positive one as if he or she is crazy. First comes the stare that says why are you so happy? Then comes the grunt when greeted by the positive person. Finally, the funniest thing about the encounter is how the negative person is determined not to smile and often avoids eye contact.

Observing the traits of both positive and negative people is really interesting. I can tell you first hand I have been both negative and positive in my life, at times, but I tend to be the one who looks on the bright side of things.

That is why I know how those negative people like to avoid me. And it’s okay because I am sure that one day, they will choose to live on the sunny side of life. I just know it! One day they will count their blessings, smile, and be energetic! But until then, I can continue to allow happiness and joy fill my life so when it overflows it will be shared with those who need it. And I know you can, too!

Ephesians 5:18b-20 “Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLT)