The golden rule of staying positive in a negative situation is to control your emotion. Wait until you calm down and have thought clearly about your response. If you respond out of emotion you will only make it worse. Stay calm. When positive emotions open us up to new possibilities, we are more able to learn and build on our skills. That leads to doing better on tasks and tests. People who have plenty of positive emotions in their everyday lives tend to be happier, healthier, learn better, and get along well with others.