Scientists have proven this a long time ago, and we prove it ourselves daily: emotions are contagious. Never forget: what you do to others, you do to yourself.
And the most striking (and extreme) example is panic in the crowd when a lot of people scream and start running somewhere. Panic leads to stampede. And such things sometimes have very dire consequences. And this is only one of the reasons why it is so important to strengthen your emotional immunity.
But let's put aside extremes, in your daily life you can find more than one proof of the contagiousness of emotions. It's all about mirror neurons that mimic the emotions of other people and passing them off as your own. That is why the mood of the group is so important to us. And it also shows that the best defense against this influence is good emotional immunity.
“In the same way that virus infection leads to an illness, infection with trust breeds trust,” (Marianne Moore).
Some individuals are still less prone to picking up the mood of others. They can remain themselves, despite what is happening around. The ability to withstand external influences largely depends on the state of emotional immunity. If it is strong, then you will be more independent. Otherwise, it will be easy for you to “infect” someone else's mood.
Awareness strengthens your emotional immunity
Obviously, "being infected" with someone else's joy and optimism is good. But that cannot be said in case of adoption of someone else's stress, boredom or pessimism. Unfortunately, some negative emotions (like anxiety) are much easier to spread than positive ones.
One way to strengthen your emotional immunity and not let other people's mood control yours is to look at yourself and answer the following questions:
What emotions do you most often experience in your daily life?
And what emotions do you spread to those around you?
Smile even if you don’t feel like it in a moment. The most effective way is to push yourself towards a positive mood. This approach will make you stronger.
In this case, a simple technique of slight exaggeration is perfect. Smile even if you don’t feel like it. Thank life and the Universe for everything, even if it is for something simple and insignificant. Be as friendly as possible with people you don’t like. All this will help you strengthen your emotional immunity.
Avoid gossip and do not fight for power
There is nothing more toxic to your emotions than criticizing other people and spreading gossip. This is an unproductive use of time. Today you have a bad attitude towards others, and tomorrow you get the same answer. Try to avoid creating negative and unfriendly atmosphere.
The struggle for useless power also greatly depletes and drains a person. Being above the rest is no better than being below them, because there is always someone stronger than you, no matter how high you climb. It's unavoidable. Therefore, when you fight for power, you only waste your life energy, plunging into a thick negative atmosphere.
Focus on what you do right
The best way to strengthen your emotional immunity is to become a kind of promoter of positive emotions and good mood. And you can do this by focusing on the good aspects of your personality, your good deeds, etc. And very soon the mood of other people will begin to adapt itself to yours.
This will happen almost instantly, without requiring any effort from you. You will begin to see in people only the best. This technique works almost always. All that is needed is to focus on the positive side of things. This approach has many advantages.
Learn to talk about your negative feelings
It is impossible to avoid an accidental attack of negative or unpleasant emotions. But if you yourself become their source, then you influence other people, not just yourself. Here we are talking about stress, depression, anger, bitterness and any other negative emotions that fit into the spectrum of your emotions.
First you need to try to reduce the intensity of the experienced emotions. As a rule, 5-minute deep breathing helps a lot. This will fill the brain with oxygen, balance the body and normalize the emotional background. Then you can take time to think about how to express your feelings in a constructive way.
The goal of the above techniques is to strengthen your emotional immunity. If you yourself become a ray of light, then other people will also begin to radiate their light on you. Never forget: what you do to others, you do to yourself.
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