I not only negative self-talk; I negative everybody-talk. You could say I am an equal-opportunity negative talker.
When I don’t like something, when something doesn’t agree with me, it feels very natural to open my mouth and say so. But then I was bemused to see my other child, my son, complain about his homework the year he started high school. It took him longer to complain about it than it did to do it, which, of course, as his mother, I pointed out to him. (Part of my job.)
And I have come to realize that it’s a real bummer to listen to someone’s negative talk about everything.
What you take in from around you does affect how you feel. Just spend a few hours watching “My 600-Pound Life” and gory true-crime shows and Fox News to prove that.
So, in the interests of making the world a happier place for myself and those around me, I’ve decided to break my negative-talk habit.
However, this is how it’s been going:
Me, in car: “Move it, you stupid piece of shit … Oh, damn! I did it again!”
My son points out that I am now doing double negative talk.
This isn’t going to be easy.
Oh! That’s negative talk again, isn’t it?