Remember the number line? If not, here it is:
negatives are less than zero – right?
and positives are greater than zero – right?
So negatives are less than positives.
What am I talking about? Well… Let’s say that you are walking on the numberline facing the right. When you go “forward” on the number line the numbers count up (0,1,2,3,…). That’s the positive direction. When you go “backwards” the numbers count down (3,2,1,0,-1,-2,…) and you are going in the negative direction.
I hope this was helpful.