Category: Psychology of Emotions

The Gift of Attitude

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When we think positively about something or a person, we are showing a positive attitude toward that thing. On the contrary, when we think and behave in a negative way toward something or a person, we are showing a negative attitude toward that thing.

Our attitudes are our negative or positive opinions towards situations, people, or things.

Winston Churchill said,

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

Why do we do that? Because we are human beings with feelings, interests, beliefs, and values. When we meet or find ourselves in situations that we are not comfortable with, without any further confrontation, our attitudes change. We feel threatened. We feel we are under attack. Some people will even go into a panic attack, just because they saw something they are not comfortable with. When you find yourself in that type of horrible situation, relax and calm yourself. Do a brief self-talk. Take a solid deep breath. After a while, you will be fine.

Our attitudes are not stable, they change. Thank God!

If you want to go far in life, if you want to succeed, if you want to build positive relationships with people, if you want to enjoy your children, if you want to enjoy your life, it is very important to try to develop a positive attitude. For example, if you are interviewing for a job, your potential employer is going to lean towards the candidate who have demonstrated or showed great signs of a positive attitude over you. People want to be around someone that can make them laugh. Be the one to do so.

According to Earl Nightingale, “Our attitudes towards others determines their attitudes towards us.”

It sounds basic, but lots of people find it difficult to do. If you want people to treat you with respect, you need to treat them with respect. It is a two-way street. You get what you give out.

No matter how terrible our attitudes are, they are changeable. We can change them. We can change our negative attitudes to positive attitudes by thinking positively, by making the decision to be a happy person, by monitoring our negative thoughts, by talking to your positive friends, and by enjoying the beauty of nature.

William James once said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a man can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”

Putting it together:

A positive attitude is better than a negative attitude. One will lead you to success; the other one will lead you to failure. Choose wisely.

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