Do you have a negative friend in your life? Sadly, most people have a friendship with someone negative, even though they dislike their negativity. If this sounds like you, it might be time to end the friendship for your own benefit.

Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid negative people.

Negative people can change your mind-set. If you repeatedly ask for feedback from a negative person, you will start to see the problem in the same negative light. This is likely to make you feel worried and stressed – but it won’t help you to solve the problem.

Negative people can drain your energy. Even the most optimistic, enthusiastic people can get bogged down by a conversation with a negative person. The conversations will often be based around problems and obstacles in their life – and rather than looking for a solution, they simply enjoy complaining.

It is hard to get rid of negative people. Often people struggle to get rid of the negative people in their life because of a sense of loyalty, but it is more important to be loyal to your happiness.

Negative people won’t encourage you. Life is tough, and when you are going through a hard time you will need people to encourage you and support you – the last thing you need is people who discourage you for no obvious reason.

Negative people love drama. It makes their lives seem interesting and they can relish in their own misfortune. There is also a chance that you will eventually become entangled in the drama.