Posted by: Kelley Dees | October 25, 2010

Positive Attitude Month

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” -Winston Churchill

October is Positive Attitude Month! Today, we’ll look at ways to keep a healthy positive attitude, even through the most difficult adversities that life can throw at us! Let’s get started:

  1. Decide to have a positive attitude! A huge part of being happy is how you look at life. Being positive won’t change the difficulties you will have to face, but it will change the way you look at those difficulties!
  2. Surround yourself with positive people and try to limit your exposure to people who have a negative attitude. We become like the people we spend the most time with. When we surround ourselves with negative people, we ourselves become negative. If we surround ourselves with positive people, we can’t help but have a brighter outlook!
  3. Be selective of the news information, television shows, and music that you listen to/view. Remember the old saying: “Garbage in=Garbage out!”
  4. Set aside time to help others. When we give service to others, it often gets us out of our own misery and reminds us of how blessed we are! Volunteer for community service, help a neighbor in need, or volunteer to help at the local hospital/senior home. There are many elderly who have no one who can or will sit with them. An hour of your time will make their day!
  5. Use positive words and affirmations. Replace negative self talk with positive affirmations. Replace “I hate getting up in the morning” with “I am grateful for a new day.” Eventually changing our self talk will lead to changes in our behavior.
  6. Make preparations for the next day. Stress causes negativity so do all that you can to eliminate stress when getting ready in the morning by preparing what you can the evening before. Lunches can be packed. Clothes laid out and ironed, if need be. Try showering in the evening…you will find this saves time in the morning, but also helps you relax and get a good night’s sleep, a key step in being positive!
  7. Allow yourself to laugh and find humor in your life. Laughter is a powerful mood elevator and is said to “be the best medicine.” Read funny jokes, watch a comedy, or simply allow yourself to be silly and you will find that it’s hard to be negative!
  8. Pay attention to your health! Healthy nutrition and exercise can boost your mood, as well as your self-esteem. Doing something good for yourself by taking care of you will give you more energy to take on the challenges that you face!
  9. Make a list of all the blessings in your life. At times, this may seem difficult, but sit down and try and soon, you will discover you have more blessings than you have paper to write! Need a little help getting started? Here are a few blessings that most of us in the United States have, and probably take for granted: Clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, a warm home to live in, a comfortable bed to sleep in, food to eat, a job that provides us with money and a way to feel fulfilled. Get the idea?
  10. Don’t stop! Never give up! Even when we have a positive attitude, we will still have days when we don’t feel quite so positive. On these days, we may need to take some extra time to review the previous nine tips and remember to not give in to the negativity that surrounds us!

These are just a few tips to get you started on having a more positive attitude! Do you have any tips? Please feel free to share in the comments section!

-Kelley Dees, Project Coordinator for Wyoming AgrAbility

Portions of this article were compiled from the following websites: Purica and Self Growth

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Responses

  1. Great tips! 🙂 Also remember to smile 🙂 It takes fewer muscles than to frown. 🙂

  2. Very true! Smiling is so important to your attitude AND it’s easy!


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