Have you ever noticed that when you’re in someone’s company you can come out feeling tired and drained? Sadly, we never stop to question why or how we can spend three or four hours in a friend’s company and feel so drained.
Perhaps those times weren’t necessarily about us, but about those friends we chose to spend our time with. As our mood spirals, it makes our life so much harder. Moods don’t always start with us, they start with someone else, then they affect us that’s usually how it works, although the other person will think it’s us and not them.
I’ve been in other people’s company so many times when their mood begins to overpower us. It’s fine when they’re happy because their mood will have a positive effect on us, but not when they’re struggling.
Psychologists believe that when we interact with people, we do so by picking up on voice tones, body language and expressions. Our brain then responds to those feelings.
This is exactly why we can empathise, stay impartial and are better equipped to help people. It’s also one of the reasons why we must surround ourselves with people we know will elevate us and not bring us down.