Life’s obstacles are limitless, however we can limit our stress levels by maintaining a positive attitude. Everyone encounters new challenges every day. Reacting with a positive attitude is the only way to minimize negative impacts and maximize joy. Dale Carnegie said, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Here are some ways to choose a positive attitude.
- Don’t consume gloom and doom. Every reporter recognizes that, “If a story bleeds, it leads.” Newswires are full of tragedies, political and economical upheaval, and all sorts of stories that cause a person to cringe. Some film footage is so graphic, it’s hard to picture anything else during the entire day. For example, if you saw a story about young siblings killed in a horrible car accident, your mind may replay the images later making it hard to maintain a positive attitude during your workday. While it is important to stay abreast of current events, avoid the consumption of gloom and doom. If you choose your news wisely by focusing on relevant stories, it will be easier to maintain a positive attitude all day long.
- Pause to focus on positive experiences Hanson explores the negativity bias in which the brain acts like ‘Velcro for negativity’ and ‘Teflon for positivity.’ For example, if you’re experiencing anxiety over a career change, seeking new career paths, considering going back to school or launching your own business will pump up positivity. The author told the Huffington Post, “The longer the neurons fire, the more of them that fire…that happiness, gratitude, feeling confident, feeling successful, feeling loved and lovable.”
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