Beat a Bad Mood
By Catherine Ryan
Beat a bad mood! As you probably know firsthand, women — particularly mothers — tend to be especially empathetic to those around us. It’s a wonderful trait that comes in handy when, say, your child’s feelings are hurt or your spouse has to vent about his job. You listen, show your concern and do your best to help cheer them up.
But that sensitivity to others can also make you more susceptible to negativity from, say, a temperamental co-worker or a stranger’s rude remark, explains Barbara Holstein, Ed.D., a psychologist in Long Branch, N.J., and author of The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart, and I Know Everything!