- Practice daily gratitude. Take a few minutes during the day to journal about what you are grateful for or go over a mental list. Better yet, share them with someone. Remember that you are responsible for your own personal happiness.
- Listen to inspirational talks. You can check out CD’s of positive lectures from your local library. There are many inspirational speakers who have great messages on how to maintain healthy attitudes no matter the circumstances you are going through.
- Use positive affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that speak to that what you want to bring into your life. They aid us in transforming negative self- talk. We must learn to be our own best friend and encourage ourselves throughout the day. Some examples of positive affirmations are: “All is well in my world; I easily experience feelings of love and happiness; I attract peaceful people into my life; Whatever happens, I’ll handle it I love and accept myself; I always do my best and that is good enough.” Use them often and repeat them at least three times. Pause after you have finished saying a few affirmations and breathe in the goodness they bring to your spirit. They train the mind to lean into positive outcomes for ourselves.
- Meditate. The research is clear that those who meditate are able to maintain a more positive outlook on life.
- Exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins that create an overall sense of well-being. We build confidence and a sense of mastery if our lives when we keep our bodies in shape.
- Engage in activities you like. Make sure to take time to nurture interests and hobbies in your life. If you get out of balance and don’t take time for pleasant activities, you may be at risk to get a “bad attitude” as all work and no play is a set up for burn out.
- Take time to appreciate nature. There is nothing like taking in a beautiful sunset, the smell of a flower, or enjoying some birds flying around to lift your spirit and attitude.
- Detach from Outcomes. Practice being flexible. If you planned something that does not work out, let go and adjust to the new possibilities. When we attach ourselves to a specific outcome and it does not happen we must decide we can accept another outcome, otherwise we suffer. Things don’t always go as planned and it is okay if you allow it to be!
- Practice Random Acts of Kindness. Get outside yourself on a regular basis and serve someone else in some way. It can be as simple as allowing someone to go ahead of you in a grocery line, opening a door for someone, or writing a little note of encouragement to a co-worker or friend. You will feel good when you do nice things for someone else with no attachment to their response.
- Surround Yourself with Inspirational and Positive People. They say “we become who we surround ourselves with.”
- Take time to Laugh and Play. Listen to fun music. Put on a comedy. Tell a joke. Lighten up and don’t take yourself so seriously.
- Take time to Rest. It is easy to get very busy with all the demands of life. Take time to pause, putter, lounge around, and just go slower! When we are tuned into the rhythms of our body and rest when needed, it is easier to maintain a positive attitude. If we are fatigued and keep going we may get cranky and irritable.
- Make sure to nourish yourself with healthy foods. Eating an Alkaline Diet is going to help you feel better and when we feel good physically, it is much easier to have a positive attitude.
Having a positive attitude helps you to enjoy life more and will improve your health and relationships. Our mind, body, and spirits respond well to our overall happiness and sense of well-being and others are drawn to an attitude of hope, optimism, and gratitude. We create the climate of our emotions by the thoughts we think and the way we feel. Don’t buy into negativity and hopelessness! Use some of the suggestions below to cultivate a positive attitude:
Julie Basham, L.Ac