During childhood, we form attitudes that last a lifetime. It would be easier to build a positive attitude during our formative years. If the childhood experiences have produced a positive attitude, you are very fortunate. But, if you have acquired a negative attitude, by design or by default – are you stuck with it?? Of course not. Can you change? Yes. You can.
How do you build and maintain a positive attitude??
1. Change Focus, Look for Only Positive
You need to become a seeker of good. You need to focus on the positive in your life. Start looking for what is right in a person or situation instead of looking for what is wrong. Recognize your limitations, but focus on your strengths
2. Be an Optimist
“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your piece of mind.” Try to be an optimist. Spend so much time to improve yourself that you have to time left to criticize others.
3. Build a Positive Self Esteem
Self esteem is the way we feel about ourselves. When we feel good within, our performance goes up and our relations improve both at home and at work. The world looks nicer. What could be the reason? Because there is a direct correlation between our feelings and behavior.
4. Stay Away from Negative Influences
If you associate with achievers you will become one. I f you associate with thinkers, you will become one. If you associate with givers, you will become one. I f you associate with negative people, you will become the one. So always try to stay away from the negative people. Don’t let negative people drag you down.
5. Do One Kind Act Every Day
There are several studies that show that acts of kindness can boost happiness, reduce depression and even help you live longer. So do at least one kind act every day.
6. Start Your Day with Something Positive
Read or listen to something positive first in the morning. After a good night’s sleep we are relaxed and our subconscious mind is receptive. It sets the tone for the day, and puts us in the right frame of mind to make the day a positive day.
William James of Harvard University Said, “ If you are going to change your life, you need to start immediately.”
7. Develop an Attitude of Grattitude
Count your blessings, not your troubles. A number of studies have found gratitude to be linked with positive emotions, and overall well-being and life satisfaction.
8. Listen to Music That Sounds The Way You Want to Feel
Music activates the region of the brain that releases the feel good chemical dopamine and also relaxes the body. So “happy” music can in fact make you feel happier!
9. Keep Smiling
It might sound simplistic, but research has shown that it actually helps you feel happier. Feedback sent to the brain from facial muscles can actually impact the development of emotions and the effect is even stronger if you combine the smile with a positive thought. So smile at the next cute kid you see!
Even just 7-minutes of meditation a day has been shown to improve mood, decrease stress and improve sleep. Regular meditators are calmer, have greater self-awareness and have better focus too.