Attitude is state of mind that shows in the way you think and act. A person with a positive attitude:
Thinks in terms of what they can do
Looks at things creatively
Is motivated to reach goals
Does not give up on things that are important
Sees failure and problems as something to learn from
Believes in his or her abilities
Acts with confidence
How do I develop a positive attitude?
Start by making a list of all the things you like about yourself. Put it where you can see it often. This helps to remind you of all your good qualities.
Set goals based on what you want, not what someone else wants. Set small goals and reach them.
Visualize what you want to happen.
Use self-talk that inspires and motivates you. Check often at first to make sure that you arenâ€™t using negative self-talk.
Avoid people who criticize or put others down. Surround yourself with happy, supportive people.
Find things to be grateful for rather than blaming or complaining.
Learn and practice meditation.
Read inspiring stories and quotes.
Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and learn positive ways to manage stress.
Look for reasons to smile and laugh often.
Volunteer to help others.
Sometimes people compare themselves to people they see in videos or on television shows, where everyone has money, an easy life, and great relationships. In the real world, many people feel they don’t measure up. Instead of focusing on what we do not have, we can focus on what we do have. This takes practice and effort.
What are the benefits?
When you have a positive attitude, you usually have better relationships with others. You can get more done. A positive attitude helps you lead a fuller, more satisfying life. If you have a positive attitude, you are usually optimistic and expect others to like you. You are better able to manage life’s struggles.
In contrast, if you think poorly of yourself, you may not trust others. You may be afraid to try doing things that could bring you success. People with a negative attitude may fall into destructive behavior and may get along poorly with friends and family.
A positive attitude may also offer health benefits, such as:
Better ability to manage stress
Less risk of dying from heart disease
If you or a friend cannot get rid of a negative self-concept, talking with a trusted friend, family member, or a therapist may help.
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth. Last modified: 2014-03-31 Last reviewed: 2014-03-31
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