You probably know someone who is chronically negative. It might be a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even your boss. This person is constantly complaining, playing the victim, and walking around surrounded by negative energy. Dealing with a negative person without letting them bring you down can be tricky. Next time you find yourself attempting to fight off their negative energy, try one of these eight positive comebacks.

#1 – “I Hope You Feel Better Soon.”

This response usually catches a negative person off-guard. It’s your way of showing concern, without apologizing for their situation or having to agree with their negativity. They may silently walk away or thank you for showing concern. Either way, it can be used to discretely end the negative conversation.

#2 – “Try To Focus On The Positive.”

While negative people aren’t typically looking for advice, this phrase can help you point out their negativity without sounding too harsh. Advising them to focus on the positive may help them see how negative they’ve been lately. Whether they take your advice or not, it may help open their eyes a little.

#3 – “Let Me Know If There Is Anything I Can Do To Help.”

A negative person is willing to tell you all about their problems, but they aren’t really looking for a solution. They instead want to vent, complain and try to make you feel sorry for them. When you ask if there’s anything you can do to help, chances are they’ll say no, because they aren’t looking for a solution. But it might catch them off-guard long enough for you to excuse yourself.

#4 – “Don’t Allow Yourself To Dwell Too Much.”

This phrase is similar to “Try to focus on the positive.” You’re essentially telling a negative person that they’ve been dwelling on their problems, without coming out and saying it. Hopefully, they’ll take your advice and try to move on. If they choose not to, you’ve still given them something to think about.


#5 – “People See Your Negativity, And It Brings Them Down.”

This phrase may be a little more to the point than others, so it should be used carefully. If the negative person is a boss or co-worker that you don’t know very well, it might not be the best idea. If the negative person is a close friend, this phrase may be the best way to get through to them. Try to use a kind and helpful tone, instead of a confrontational one.

#6 – “Plan Something Relaxing This Weekend!”

If a negative person is going on and on about their problems and how stressed out they are, this phrase can be used to break up the complaining. Instead of letting them bring you down, tell them that they seem in desperate need of a stress-reliever! You can even offer suggestions.


#7 – “Smiling Has A Way Of Changing Our Mood!”

This phrase might not go over well on everyone, but some are sure to crack a smile. It may sound corny, but trying to get a negative person to smile can bring a little positivity to a negative situation. It might come off as annoying, or it might just make their day.

#8 – “You’re Loved And Cared For.”

If you simply can’t get through to a negative person, reminding them that they’re loved may be the only thing you can do. You’re letting them know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. Whatever has them down, there are people around who care enough to help.

Power of Positivity
Tiny Buddha
Psychology Today