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Haters Gonna’ Hate. Let Them.

In the last three weeks, I’ve seen more negativity come out of otherwise responsible adults than I think I’ve ever seen in my life. I wish I was talking about politics but I’m not. I’m talking bullying instigated by agency professionals.

Maybe it’s insecurity or maybe it’s just a sign of the times but this behavior is stunning to me. What makes otherwise accomplished adults revert to pettiness normally only found in high school lunchrooms?

Seriously! Someone explain it to me because I have no idea.

The only thing I do know is that whether by deed or by word, this negativity does nothing good for the hater. Sure, there’s a momentary high and maybe even a sense of accomplishment in tearing down others. However, both are always temporary.

Take it from someone who has had to walk through decade of bullying.

While the target of the hater may end up stronger, the hater themselves sees that hate erode their core from the inside out.

This isn’t naiveté either, it’s fact.  Studies at Duke and Michigan State have revealed that bullying has serious long-term negative physiological effects.

When I see an adult stoop to the level of tearing people down so they feel better, there’s more to pity than to be angry at. In other words, let the haters hate.

Pass the love on. Pass the encouragement forward. You’ll end up better in the long run.

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