Developing a Positive Attitude

This is the third of a three-part series on How to Develop a Positive Attitude.

8.  Be an Optimist

Try to see the brighter side of life.  Look at the glass as half full instead of half empty.  Always believe in your own ability – the golden rule to maintaining a positive attitude.  Optimistic people tend to be happier and live a longer life.

9.  Get spiritually connected

Spiritual connection means you engage yourself in reading prayers, spiritual books, meditation or scripture readings. If you are spiritually connected, you know you don’t have to do everything on your own.  There is a spiritual source (for me God) to help guide you through your life.  I find that reassuring.

10.  Change a negative attitude to positive

Do you know what will help you get a positive attitude if you wake up in a bad mood?  This is one of the characteristics of someone with a high emotional intelligence.  For me it would be to take a walk or get my heart pumping at the gym.  For some it might be to read an inspiring book.  A positive attitude in life can help you achieve your dreams, advance in your career, and people will enjoy being around you.

11.  Don’t surround yourself with negatives.

I seldom watch the news, as it’s too negative.  My husband loves CNN.  I can only watch it a short time.   The negative news and repetition bore me.  When reading a newspaper you can easily choose which articles to read.  You might think that I don’t know what is going on in the world, but I do.  I scored in the top 15% of people taking an Internet world events questionnaire. I just refuse to get bombarded with the repetitive negative news on TV.

I find negative people boring and a pain to be around.  If negative people don’t get the response they want, they might change.  If they don’t change, move on to other friends or they will drag you down.  If it’s your family, either reframe negative comments to positive ones or ignore their negative comments.  I know I’m being simplistic here but I’m sure you get the idea.

12.  Only worry about things you can change.

It’s hard to be positive when you are worried.  My grandfather said not to worry about things that you can’t influence and I took his words to heart.  I do lots of planning to make an event turn out but I don’t spend time worrying about things once it’s planned.  Plans get modified depending on what comes up. Being flexible so you adapt to new situations easily is key to being happy.


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