The baby’s crying. The to-do list at home is piling up. And there’s never enough time to get things done. With life’s constant distractions and headaches, keeping a positive attitude is never an easy choice. However, keeping a positive attitude is simply a choice and when your mind is in the zone there’s little that can hold you back at work, at home, or anywhere else. Below, I have 5 simple ways to keep a positive attitude even in difficult times.
Live with Gratitude
So many positive things happen in our day that often goes ignored. Instead of letting a negative comment or event ruin your mood, focus on the good. Whenever I start to feel frustrated, sad, or angry, I’m reminded that I have a family that loves me, a roof over my head, and food in my belly. I am blessed. And I’m willing to chance that if you’re reading this, you are too.
Managing perspective is key to keeping a positive attitude. Remember, most unpleasant events pass and become unimportant with time. Don’t let a single failure or rejection define your attitude. Instead, use an unwelcome event as an opportunity to rebound and learn from your mistakes.
Change Your Language from Negative to Positive
Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker, and author, says that keeping a positive attitude comes down to the way we talk to ourselves. Are we dealing with a “problem”, or simply a “challenge”. According to Tracy, a problem is something you deal with, but a challenge is something that you face head-on. So, rather than saying, “I have a problem,” say, “I have an interesting challenge facing me.”
Be Nice to People
According to a study in the Journal of Psychology, doing something kind for people has the same effect as trying new and exciting things. To start, try to sincerely compliment at least one person each day. When you compliment people, it makes them feel good. And appreciating and complimenting co-workers and those around you create a positive work environment.
Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and increase positivity. Take a deep breath in. Now let it out. You may notice a difference in how you feel already. For more information, check out this article: http://heartandsoulblog.com/2019/05/28/meditation-tips-for-beginners/
Avoid Toxic People or Situations
I’ve had days that begin well until I come across a negative coworker that can’t stop complaining about the weather. Then things begin to turn into a complaint-fest. Don’t fall into the trap! People will complain less without the validation of someone else having the same complaint. In fact, the Warsaw School of Psychology found that complaining actually leads to lower moods and negative emotions, including decreased life satisfaction. Complaining is just not worth it.
Did these tips help you? Is there something that you practice in your life that wasn’t listed that’s currently helping you? I would love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to sign up for the Heart & Soul newsletter below for more great blog posts straight to your inbox each Friday.