Attitude Is Everything
Winston Churchill said Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
The way we think, day in day out, affects all aspects of our life. A positive attitude helps us to cope more easily with the daily affairs we all encounter. Research shows the benefits of optimism and a positive frame of mind are huge: optimists enjoy better health, stronger relationships, are more productive, and experience less stress, among other things.
Optimists tend to take more risks, and blame external circumstances if they fail, maintaining a “try again” mind set: this makes them more likely to succeed in the future and less upset by failure in general. Pessimists on the other hand, tend to blame themselves when things go wrong, becoming more reluctant to try again with each negative experience in life. They begin to look at positive events in their lives as “flukes” that have nothing to do with them and expect the worst. In this way, optimists and pessimists both create self-fulfilling prophecies.
Our attitudes also impact those around us. Nowhere is your positive attitude more required and appreciated by other than the workplace. Since about 30% of your waking hours are spent at the workplace, it would become troublesome without some positive people around!
Attitude is a learned predisposition to respond in a consistently favorable or unfavorable manner with respect to a given object, person or idea.
The ability and willingness to look for that silver lining takes a little effort and practice.
Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. – Author Unknown
Here are some tips on developing a Positive Attitude:
- The moment you wake up, start feeding your mind withpositive thoughts. Instead of thinking of a difficult or challenging day ahead, allocate a few minutes to focus on the things in your life that make you happy.
- Practice putting a positive spin on all negative things that affect your life daily.
- Build positive feelings about yourself by taking the time to list all of your accomplishments. You have to develop a positive, confident view of yourself in order to project a positive attitude toward those around you.
- Recognize negative thoughts as they take shape and bury them before they take root. Rule your emotions; don’t let your emotions rule you.
- Hang out with people who think positive.
- Minimize time spent with people who are critical about everything. Positive people will energize you and negative people will deplete you unless you have developed such a strong positive attitude that you can protect yourself mentally against their negativity.
- Work out and eat right. Even a few minutes of exercise reduces fatigue and improves mood. A healthier, fit body will also boost your confidence and make you appreciate yourself more.
- Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions.
- De-clutter. Surround yourself only with the things that you love and that make you feel good – family photos, favorite books, plants, and works of art or whatever else that’s meaningful to you.
- Transform criticisms in to challenges. If people tell you that you can’t do something, take that as a challenge and prove them wrong.
- Just when you’re about to blow your top for all the seeming misfortunes that befall you, remind yourself of all the things in life you have to be grateful for.
- Be a volunteer or get involved in charity work.Making a difference in the lives of others brings a very positive feeling.
- De-stress. You’re more likely to be cranky and negative if you’re perpetually stressed out. Get away from it all and recharge.
- Make a habit out of thinking positively until it becomes an indelible part of who you are.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Dennis & Wendy Mannering