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As the saying goes “misery loves company” and it’s contagious. Negative people will find the bad in every situation, interaction, and decision. Their negative energy could then rub off on those around them, bringing everyone in the group down to a level of unenthusiasm. A positive attitude, however, is also contagious. Not only does it make you more creative and a better decision maker, it improves your relationships and increases your chances of success in every aspect of your life. Your attitude will determine what you experience each day.

Identifying a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude can mean many things and doesn’t always coincide from person to person. Even so, you always have a choice regarding your attitude. Take a look at yourself and discover what contributes to your positive energy. A positive attitude includes being humble – getting what you wanted without creating an ordeal. It is enjoying the unexpected things in life, even if it’s not what you originally wanted. It is motivating your peers, using the power of a smile, and being friendly to strangers. It is understanding that material items are not as important as your relationships.

A positive attitude is being a source of energy to lift the people around you. It is being happy for someone else’s success and having a good time, even when you are losing. It is making someone one’s day; with a compliment, a note, or anything that will make their day special. It is giving more than you expect to receive and not letting other people’s negativity bring you down.

Creating and Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Identifying a positive attitude is fairly simple. The difficulty lies in creating and maintaining a positive attitude and not neglecting it. The following are a few ways to assist you in developing a positive attitude and actively using it every day.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life

Big things – like graduations, weddings, births, promotions – all come too infrequently in life; some only once. With the correct mental attitude, you can find joy in the simple pleasures of life, like watching the sunset or drinking a warm cup of coffee on a cold winter morning.

Smile

Even when you’re not happy, smile. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, otherwise known as the “feel good” hormones, and doing so will actually make you happier. Think of a happy memory or the last thing that made you smile, and try smiling for a minute. It will give you an instant attitude boost and will make it easier to have a positive attitude throughout the day.

Take Responsibility & Limit Complaints

Take responsibility for your actions and remove yourself from victim-mode. Limit your complaints and look for solutions to problems instead. Remember that you are in charge of yourself and you create your life.

Be Proactive

A proactive person decides how they feel, regardless of the external circumstances, rather than letting it dictate their feelings. Being proactive about having a good attitude and maintaining it throughout the day is an indicator of a proactive person.

Visualize

If ever you are in a situation where things aren’t going your way, rather than complaining or giving up, visualize yourself succeeding and achieving your goals. This will allow you to maintain a positive attitude and keep you working towards goals.