Having a positive attitude doesn’t only make you feel better, it actually attracts more good things into your life.
The following are ways to improve your attitude, and keep it that way…
Don’t sweat the big stuff – enjoy everyday pleasures
While it’s easy to be upbeat when big events come around (weddings, promotion, your Birthday, Christmas…) these are few and far between. Far more powerful is the ability to take joy from the smaller, everyday happenings.
Things like walking barefoot on sand, kicking up crunchy fall leaves, a hug, those delicious moments when you wake up and realize it’s not a work day… You get the picture.
OK, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t have a moan when big things go wrong. But whining over every little thing is totally detrimental to having a positive attitude. Instead of griping, why not look for a solution?
This might include one or some of the following:
- Offer a solution to the problem.
- Alter your perspective on how you’re looking at the situation
- Accept that there’s nothing you can do to change it.
- Remove yourself from the situation
It might sound corny, but plastering a smile on your face – even when you don’t feel like it – honestly does have a huge effect on your attitude. And smiling is contagious – literally! If you’re smiling, it causes others to do the same.
Spread the joy – it’ll honestly help change your attitude for the better.
Surround yourself with positive people
Being around negative people rubs off. And on the flip side, spending time with those with a positive, cheery, can-do attitude will also make you feel that way too. After all, do you honestly want to spend your waking hours with those who bring you down? Of course you don’t. So ditch the downers, and hang out with those who make you feel better about yourself and the world in general.
Have a morning routine
Having a little-varying morning routine is something that the happiest and most successful people in the world have in common. And it’s been proven time and time again that starting your morning on the right foot sets the theme for the rest of the day.
It doesn’t matter what that routine is – just set one up that works for you. Including a few minutes exercise and/or meditation time seems to work for a lot of people. But we’re all individuals, so get a routine that gets you fired up and ready for the day ahead.
You have a choice. You can either be a victim in life… Or you can take responsibility for what happens to you. Remember, you are the one in charge of your destiny. And you can only have an effect on the path your life follows if you take responsibility for EVERYTHING that happens in it.
Have down time
It’s essential to have enough downtime in your life to be able to de-stress and relax. Sure, you work hard. Sure, you play hard. And sure, you probably have responsibilities for others. But you can’t keep all of that up to a good level unless you look after yourself as well.
Ensure that whatever happens in your daily and weekly routine, that you have a little me-time, doing whatever it is that helps you chill. And remember – that’s what works for YOU! Not for others. Whilst others might enjoy a massage, or yoga, or a run, or fishing (or whatever), these may not be the things that allow you to truly wind down. Be true to yourself when you have relaxation – it’s your time, after all.
It might sound a little silly, but the food you put inside your body has a real effect on the way your brain works. Fill yourself full of fast food, sugar, and fat, and you’re on a road to feeling down. Ensure you get plenty of fruit, vegetable, healthy protein, and good carbs, and you’re onto a winner.
Drink plenty of water
Carrying on from the above point, your body needs water to function at its optimum. We should all be aiming to drink around 2 liters (half a gallon) of water per day. Any less, and you run the risk of being dehydrated. Dehydration leads to reduced ability of the body to function at its highest level.
And guess what? When you’re not working at your best, it has a serious effect on your attitude.
Have you ever noticed how your breathing changes when you’re stressed? When we’re angry, upset, or stressed, we tend to breathe faster. And because our breathing rate is intrinsically linked to our nervous system, it honestly can have an effect on our attitude.
There are many breathing exercises that you can carry out that will have a positive effect on the body, and therefore on our way we view the world. AKA – our attitude!