Ever feel tired of that handful of co-workers or friends who have a knack for always bringing down your mood--or the mood of any room they walk into? We all do. People who give off nothing but negative energy into the atmosphere, spreading their special brand of pessimism and ill will, never make for a good time.

Instead of getting frustrated or avoiding these negative people completely, try the following ways to continue enjoying their company.

1. Understand where they are coming from

More often than not, negative people have a reason for having such a lackluster attitude. They may be having family issues, going through a rough time at work, or suffering from physical ailments. It's always important to avoid judging a book by its cover--especially in tough cases.

Kicking someone while they're down does no good for anyone. So, next time you hear someone make a snarky remark about their current situation, don't roll your eyes in exasperation before hearing them out.

2. Talk about light topics

When we make conversation about heavy topics, it's very easy to start looking downward. Especially in precarious times of work decisions, or future planning, it could be beneficial to adopt a light-hearted mindset by choosing to discuss easy things instead.

Make jokes about the last movie you watched; laugh about how terrible the Golden Globes were. Try your best to steer away from subjects that leave you upset. Talk about things that bring you joy, not uncertainty or unhappiness, and your relationship will definitely grow.

3. Interact mostly in group settings

Hanging out in numbers of three or more may be an easy way around a person's normally negative attitude. It's difficult to get down in the dumps when in larger groups, due to the simple fact that many large groups foster a happy, festive atmosphere in which negative people do not thrive.

If you find that friends you struggle with one-on-one possess a merrier outlook on life when other people are involved, invite more friends to join your meetings and discussions. You never know, with a little more time in social settings, the problems you found with them may even disappear.

Published on: Jan 27, 2016