“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
― Charles R. Swindoll
Have you ever noticed how having a negative attitude can stop you from being happy and how it can make an impact on the people around you?
A positive attitude is directly linked to happiness and success. It’s inevitable that negativity is part of life. We can’t change that but we can change how we react to it.
“Keep the weeds of negative influence from your life. ‘Farm’ the seeds of constructive influence.”
– Jim Rohn
Here’s 5 simple changes you can make each day that will have a positive effect on your day to day life;
SMILE – A fast way to snap out of a negative attitude is to smile. Try smiling now thinking about the last person that made you smile. Feel better? Smiling releases endorphins and other hormones that instantly make you feel happy! This aids having a more positive attitude because the chemical hormones that are being released into your body are contributing to your health.
BE PROACTIVE – A reactive person chooses to let others and external circumstances to rule how they will feel and react. A proactive person makes a choice for themselves how they will feel regardless of what may be going on around them. Be proactive by choosing your attitude and sustaining it throughout each day, regardless of what might happen that day.
BE GRATEFUL – Keep a gratitude journal. You don’t have control over everything that happens around you each day and occasionally an unpleasant experience during your day. Thinking intentionally throughout the day that you will write in your gratitude journal helps you to that you focus on the good parts of our day. Aim to write down 3 things that make me feel grateful for every day and see how your attitude changes. Science has found that gratitude can significantly increase your happiness, and protect you from stress, negativity, anxiety and depression.
SHARE GOOD NEWS – Express good news to your friends and family. Tell them the good that happened during your day. It’s unproductive to pass on the bad. It only makes the people around you feel negative emotions. Share some sunlight and do your best to keep it positive.
MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S DAY – It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest difference. Practice actively listening to a friend, making a phone call to check in with a friend, paying a compliment to a stranger… making another person feel important will also brighten up your day.
Remember life is an extension of our attitudes.