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The 5 Most Deadly Toxins

Caution: Left Unchecked, These 5 Crafty Mind Viruses Will Multiply and Infect Your Positivity


Many of us go through life unaware of the toxins we allow into our minds and lives each day. These toxins can slowly poison our thinking, relationships, and overall well-being if we let them. Here are 5 of the most deadly toxins to watch out for and avoid:


  1. Complaining. Complaining focuses your mind on the negative. It rarely solves problems and instead cultivates a victim mentality that disempowers you. Catch yourself when complaining and instead express gratitude for what you do have.

  2. Criticizing. Criticism judgments tear others down and often come from a place of arrogance. Avoid criticizing others' choices and instead lead by example. Praise others when you can.

  3. Being Negative. Negativity breeds more negativity. Choose to see the good in every situation. Look for the lesson or opportunity rather than ruminating on what's wrong. Stay positive.

  4. Making Excuses. Taking responsibility empowers you. Making excuses keeps you stuck. Don't rationalize why you can't do something. Instead, make a commitment and follow through.

  5. Gossiping. Gossiping about others breeds distrust and harms relationships. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Build others up rather than tearing them down.

Avoiding these 5 deadly toxins requires awareness and discipline. But ridding them from your life will profoundly improve your relationships, outlook, and happiness. Make a commitment to catch yourself when indulging in these toxins and replace them with positive thoughts and behaviors. Your life will be cleaner, lighter, and more positive as a result.


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