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Did you know that there’s an economy of emotions all around us? And did you know that these invisible frequencies are contagious, subtly influencing the way we feel?

Haven’t you had the pleasure of meeting one of those people, who, when they walk into a room, its like a love-bomb-explosion of sunshine and roses and butterflies? Those super-souls who radiate positive energy, who lift your mood. They can make your day. Fuck, those motherfuckers can change your life.

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On the other hand, have you had the experience of meeting one of those people, who, when they walk into a room, instantly shift the energy in a negative way? We instantly feel the toxicity. They’re always in the middle of some drama. And they’re convinced that the universe is centered around them. They complain. They nag. They drain our energy.

We can think of these invisible frequencies as falling into two simple categories: good vibes and bad vibes. So, how do we get more of the good stuff?

Well, one way is to avoid Energy Vampires.

I’m not sure where this term originated, but it conveys the essence of the concept brilliantly. Energy Vampires are people who steal your energy, draining you of any good vibes you’ve cultivated.


These people need drama and constant attention to survive. When they can’t find it, they create it. Their listening skills, pathetic. Their empathetic ability, minimal. Relationships with these people are hardly ever reciprocal, because they often put themselves in the victim role, so all they do is take, take, take. The bastards.

There is now a ton of literature on this concept, and in recent years, Kendrick Lamar’s Bitch, dant kill my vibe and Drake’s Energy have offered us famous pop-culture references on the topic, too.

Besides avoiding Energy Vampires, what else can we do to cultivate good vibes?

Well, there’s no magic bullet. Its an inside job: we need to know ourselves, we need to do what we love, and we need to honour our authenticity. With that said – I believe that there is one thing that can generate a fuck-load of good vibes and make a profound difference in anyone’s life:

And that’s Gratitude.

Sure, the world is far from perfect. But wait, lets think about this for a second:

Here we are, floating around on a planet in the middle of cosmic space – mystified by the wonder, beauty, and mysteriousness of the universe. We have beautiful people all around us. We have the Ocean and we have Rainforests. We have the internet. We have machines that fly like birds through the sky for fucks sake. We have love. We have Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alejandro González Iñárritu. And Frank Ocean.

In the context of eternity, in the vastness of the universe, how big are our problems really? To shift our energy, perhaps what we need most of all is a change of perspective.

Enough said.


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