How to develop a positive attitude

How to be happyWhen it comes to quality of life, attitude is everything! Have you ever noticed how when you think something isn’t going to be much fun it often isn’t

We have all met people who have had a terrible attitude. Maybe they were really pessimistic and not much fun to be around, or they complained non-stop about how terrible their life was. Did you find it draining to be in their presence?

A negative attitude will not only make you miserable, but everyone around you too!

A positive attitude, on the other hand, turns you into a person that everyone wants to be with; a person that constantly experiences great things, and a person who loves their life!  Do you want to be that kind of person?  If so, read on for some easy ways to develop a positive attitude.

1) Do what you love. This applies to hobbies and fun activities, but it also pertains to one of the biggest parts of your life – your work!  Do you enjoy your job?  Are you spending most of your time on something that makes you feel purposeful and fulfilled?  If not, consider ways you could make your current role more enjoyable, for example, learning a new skill or getting involved with a project that would interest you. Or perhaps consider exploring other career options and moving toward a job you will enjoy. When you regularly do things that make you happy, you can’t help but feel better about yourself and your life, which fosters a positive attitude.

2) Expect the best, always. It’s easy to get into the habit of seeing doom and gloom in every situation, but doing so keeps you forever focused on the negative.  Instead, make a conscious decision to expect the best, even if your first impulse is to think negatively. When you get up in the morning make a conscious decision that you are going to have a great day, and approach it as if you are already experiencing it. The more you train your mind to adopt this mindset the more good days you will have!

3) Build yourself up. Think and speak positively to and about yourself every day.  Many of us have a habit of talking to ourselves in a way that’s not very positive .We say things like I’m too old, too fat or to stupid to do that or be like that . Be mindful of your self-talk and notice what and how your internal dialogue makes you feel. Negative self-talk can leave us feeling hopeless, frustrated and pessimistic. Get into the habit of building yourself up with positive self-talk and positive thoughts. Affirm your good qualities and downplay the negative ones. Affirm that you are a work in progress; not perfect but great nonetheless!

4) Build others up. As often as you can, make an effort to encourage, support and compliment the people you encounter each day.  That goes for people you know as well as strangers you meet in your daily travels.  The more you focus on emphasizing the positive in others the more likeable you are going to be and the better you are going to feel about yourself too!

5) Focus on your strengths. The more you worry about all the things you don’t like about yourself or your life the more miserable you (and everyone around you) are going to feel! Instead, consistently affirm your strengths, talents and capabilities.  You’ll end up feeling empowered and in control of your circumstances, which cannot help but improve your attitude!

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