Are your friends and family effecting your mood?

By: Susan Blackburn, MA, May 01, 2014
Friends & Family affect your mood | Susan Blackburn Counselling & Psychotherapy, Toronto, ON

Do you ever wonder why certain people make you feel amazing?

What about people that make you feel bad?

Being aware of how you feel in the presence of others is important if you want to have a positive outlook and live a fulfilling life. Being around friends and family members that energize, inspire and encourage you can help you feel happy and healthy. Of course, the reverse is also true. This is especially significant if you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression or low self-esteem.

Chato B. Stewart (, a cartoonist and mental health advocate that uses his talents to make people smile, encourages his readers to reflect on the value of the top 5 relationships in their lives. His article “Top 5 People You Spend Most of Your Time With WILL Effect Your Mood” asks you to ponder whether or not the people you spend the most time with are adding value to your life or not.

If your level of happiness is not as high as you would like it to be take a look at who you spend the most amount of time with. Ideally, the people closest to you should love, support and motivate you to be your best. In short, they should make you smile. After all, your circle of family and friends has the power to lift you up or bring you down.

Susan Blackburn, M.A. is an Individual, Couples and Family Counsellor.

She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and has a Masters degree in Counselling from the Adler School in Chicago, a B.A. (Honours) from York University and a B.Sc. in Business from the University of Phoenix.

Credentials include being a published author and several guest appearances on television and radio as an expert therapist including That Channel’s ‘Extraordinary Women TV’, the W Network’s ‘Style by Jury’ and Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s (of ‘Til Debt Do Us Part) show, ‘Princess’.