Your vibe matters. REALLY matters. Everybody carries a vibe. What’s yours? Whilst it’s never good to be self-obsessed, it’s always wise to be self-aware. So the question is really important. What is your vibe?
Your vibe is the feeling & atmosphere you create when you’re around other people. Some people in life carry a positive vibe. It builds others up. It bigs people up. It uplifts those who are around them and makes them feel better about God, life & themselves. Personally, I really like being around those kind of people. They’re good for me. They bring out the best in me. I’m more than aware of my own tendency toward melancholy. So to get around positive vibe people is to challenge the mediocrity of my comfort zone and in turn, inspires me to help others.
Some people in life carry negative vibes. They’re convinced they’re just being ‘real’. But their reality is false. It’s just plain downright negativity, not honesty. It’s often an excuse to engage in self-indulgent behaviour which justifies moodiness, bad attitudes, lack of care & gossip. This in turn develops into their identity, and subsequently becomes the narrative by which they live their lives. Personally, I don’t like being around negative vibe people. They’re no good for me. They bring out the worst in me. They encourage me to become someone who God hasn’t called me to be. I don’t want that.
Carrying positive vibes isn’t about being false. Its about refusing to submit to the negative vibes that cynicism creates. Cynicism is AS bad as prejudice. It’s contempt of others is based on a false sense of it’s own supremacy & overrated self-righteous opinion. This is never worth submitting to. Better to just be positive instead.
Medical research consistently shows that positive vibes are incredibly beneficial for you and those you do life with. Numbers of journals have published articles which clearly show how simply being positive helps our general wellbeing. One report I recently read observed some surprising health benefits of positive vibes, including:
– Increased life span. – Lower rates of depression. – Lower levels of distress. – Greater resistance to the common cold. – Better psychological and physical well-being. – Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. – Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.
And what about the Bible. What does it encourage? Surprise surprise…it totally encourages us to carry positive vibes. I could quote loads of Bible verses. However, I’ll leave you with just one in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.