Energy is contagious whether it is negative or positive. As someone who has trouble soaking up negative energy when I am around negative people, I had to find a way to not let those type of people affect me. I have learned in discovering true happiness, that I have to be mindful of who I allow in my life and how I respond to negativity. As someone who tries to carry a constant positive and calm state, I have also learned to become more grounded in my positive state. Negativity is unavoidable. Even if you control the people that you let in to your life, you can't always control all the negative people you come in to contact with throughout your day. How you react to negative energy can make a big difference. Rather than give in to someone's negative energy you just need to remain in your calm, positive state and let it roll away from you. When you let someone's negativity roll off you and can control your reaction, it may also change the energy within that negative person. Let yourself release the need to comment negatively to a negative situation, but instead say nothing and stay still. After you learn to block out the need to give in to the negative energy or drama it will become like second nature and negative people will have little effect on you. Allow your positive energy to be contagious to those that are negative and stay grounded in your calmness. The only one that controls your happiness and state of mind is you. Learn to control and protect you positive state and life will only get better for you.