How We React to Our World

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How Our Reactions Shape Our Experiences with the World Around Us Safety Talk

Each of us has our own way of perceiving and viewing the life we have. Our experiences have shaped our perspective, which affects the way we view events and how we interact with the world around us. Having an understanding of this idea of perspective relating to our reactions is important to be able to control our reactions and make positive choices when faced with difficult situations.

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Many of us spend more time of our time that we are awake at work than we do at home. Because of this, there can be many issues between people at work. The perception of others and their actions dictate how we react to them- good or bad. When we judge others based on looks, actions, or a single event and associate that individual with a specific negative thing, it can lead to issues.

When we perceive someone in a negative fashion, we react to them in a reduced capacity or in a jaded way altogether. For example, you have been working with Bob for four years and overall have enjoyed working with him. One day you two get into a heated debate over a political candidate in the upcoming election. Ever since the debate, you two have only had short and guarded discussions. You also now do not go out of your way to help Bob out. These types of events between people happen every single day, and relationships are forever changed in a negative manner.

This does not have to be the case if we choose to look past it and react to the other individual in a more positive manner. Being able to overcome these situations lead to a healthier and more productive work environment.

Reactions to Negative Events

We each experience negative events in our lives at different points in time. Whether it is at home or at work, this fact of life is inevitable. How we react to these negative events will have a great deal of impact on whether it will be something that continues to affect us negatively or can be used to improve ourselves in some fashion.

When bad things occur on the job, it is important to take a step back and be self-aware of how the event is affecting your focus, mood, thoughts, communication with others, and your job performance. The fact of the matter is, the event happened, and it is now over. You need to decide if you are going to continue to dwell on it and let it have control over you or learn from it and move on. If you realize that 99% of bad events are learning lessons and flip them into a positive, you will become a much stronger and able individual.


Having a positive reaction or outlook towards negative people or events is needed in order to maintain a healthy mental state. Sure some events and actions of others need to be dealt with in a serious manner, but all individuals need to move on to ensure that their reactions are not continually negative towards the stimulus. We cannot control everything that occurs in our lives, but we can control our reactions to it all.

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