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Psychologist Dr. David Niven, who wrote “100 Simple Secrets of Happy People,” found we’re 5 times more likely to mimic our spouse’s unfriendly and hostile gestures, than friendly ones. So, next time you say something critical, be prepared for that negativity to come back at you. A better option: Balance every criticism by saying 5 nice things. Because it takes 5 “kind” statements or actions to make up for ONE negative interaction.

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