Mr. Gonzales’ resolution:

Eliminate as much cynicism and negativity from my life as possible.

To pinpoint a microcosm of this negativity, so much of Chris’ article pertains to writing online. I’ve only written on the web for a year, but in that short time frame, I think enough data can be presented to show the triumph of positivity over negativity.

Negative writing will drive tremendous traffic in one-off spurts, especially if it’s a well thought out argument. However, positivity – not extreme positivity, but a general glass-half-full outlook – should be seen as an investment in the future. Positive writing and positive comments have a greater impact on people and help to grow a readership. While negative writing can still be respectful to readers, it’s far easier to respect those who value your opinion by choosing the positive spin. Being nice is just easier.

For example, the area that bugs me most are those little tweets on Twitter that don’t mention anyone but obviously imply the author’s disagreement with the subject. If the negative aspect of one’s thoughts must be published, then have the decency to tag the subject so they can more fully appreciate the complexity of the picture. If it’s not worth the inevitable negative feedback, then just write it down in your journal for yourself. Twitter has become a haven for subtweeting and it does nothing to help the growth of our colleagues.

As many have pointed out recently, leaving a legacy of positivity is far more fulfilling than the notion of tearing everyone else down. Mr. Gonzales’ 2015 resolution hits the 2014 nail on the head, and I’m so grateful there are people willing to look inwardly and admit they need a positive boost.

Thanks Chris for your openness and all the best on achieving your 2015 resolution