It's hard not to notice how widespread negativity is

GLASS-shattering moments. It was a phenomenon coined on US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, where Ted's friends revealed the annoying habits of his girlfriend, Robyn.

She said the word "literally" too much - but Ted didn't notice. The mutual friends were quick to point it out to Ted, which shattered the little glass bubble he was inhabiting.

A similar event happened to me a few months ago, when my partner said he found some people unnecessarily negative.

Let's get one thing clear: I don't like to think I'm a negative person but, since my glass-shattering moment, I'm starting to believe I may be.

The first thing I realised is we bicker a lot at work. At the dinner table, the gym, over Friday night drinks. You'd better believe it.

Now that it's at the forefront of my mind, I notice negativity a lot. It is quite remarkable how negative we can be.

Even some things we pass off as jokes are derogatory. Whatever happened to throwing a few compliments someone's way?

My profession doesn't help, either. As they say, if it bleeds, it leads. A car accident or murder is more likely to make the front page than someone reaching a career milestone or getting married.

I can't talk. I write a weekly column about things that get on my nerves.

Maybe its time for a change of pace. But if that fails, I'll relaunch my column about something really mean.