Ever notice how you can walk into a school or classroom and get a feel for the climate without anyone saying a word? Every individual has the opportunity to contribute to the overall emotional climate of the school. This can be positive or negative, depending on the choices adults make.

One of the best ways to positively influence the climate around you is to focus on having positive interactions with others. Think about the children and adults in your life who have continuous negative interactions. These individuals get into poor habits of complaining and blaming, and often times, their natural defense is to argue and criticize. Sound familiar? Break the cycle. Make it a point to always have a positive interaction with them. No matter how difficult, refuse to let things turn sour. You may not dramatically alter their behavior, but you will drop a pebble of hope into their otherwise stagnant pond of negativity and in some small way, strengthen your relationship with them in the process.

When it comes to climate, it only takes one person to make a huge difference. Be that person.