How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?

I was recently asked, “How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?”

It’s a really good question. Because we all have a toxic person in our life who, though we may love them or have an attachment to them, they frustrate and anger us. They make us feel inadequate or unwanted.

A toxic person makes us choose between them and someone else. And when you do, you become a cliche’–jumping through hoops and bending over backwards— for someone who wouldn’t do the same for you.

Since my children are expanding their friendships and participating in more activities I’m meeting more people.

By nature I’m a people person. I like listening and talking. I like asking questions and learning about people. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing to you each week.

But to put it bluntly–some people are not worth the aggravation they cause. Not to devalue their life but in order to protect your own well-being– it’s better to avoid some people. Because at the end of the day–you must be a champion for your own well-being.

So I responded with, “A toxic person is someone who can not appreciate or respect your happiness.”

Dealing with a toxic person is hard. They make you feel unworthy of happiness or success.

They make you feel guilty for feeling good.

But remember–you’re responsible for your own health and happiness.

My advice: Let them be toxic in their own life and move on with yours.

Be well,


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