There are very few absolutes in life and while it would be dangerous to think otherwise, there is one clear exception to this rule. The one absolute fact in this world that you can bank on is that Disney Land is truly the happiest place on earth. Anyone who says otherwise is probably still getting past some lingering anger over a missed high-five from Donald Duck but doesn’t have a legitimate gripe. This makes Disney the textbook definition of a place that has Positive Atmospherics.
Because atmospherics are often the first conclusion you form upon entering a new area, we have intentionally limited the number of conclusions you could make to only two options. The place either has positive atmospherics or negative atmospherics. You make this decisions based on how safe you feel – the sense of security that you have in the area.
The reason that you can pick up on this positive or negative feel so quickly is because of the other people around you. Even though it is impossible to observe every single person in your area, you can read the collective emotions and moods of all of those people and assess if they feel secure or not. If they are acting like the area is non-threatening, you pick up on those facts and begin to relax as well. The same thing occurs when someone considered violent enters the picture, as other people realize a threat is present, we can observe the way their behavior changes letting us know the atmosphere has shifted.
This is why people are so happy at Disney, at least until the post-lunch crash that every kid goes through. The park is clean and orderly, it filled with happy sounds of laughter, parents are letting their kids run around and play, kids are smiling, groups are open and welcoming, and no one feels threatened by the other people in the crowd. Emotions and moods are contagious and spread across a crowd fairly quickly, allowing for changes in the collective mood to be an early indicator of that changes have occurred. The way that everyone else is acting, carrying themselves and moving around the area provide us an initial assessment about the Atmospherics for that situation or place.
The same way that we can search for indicators leading us to understand and classify an individual’s behavior can be made for the Atmospherics. Take a look at the posts outlining Positive and Negative Atmospherics to learn more.