Before you learn how to keep a positive attitude, taking a look at some of the benefits of positivity is a good idea. Being positive can help you in a wide variety of ways, both in your personal relationships and in your pursuit of professional success. When you don’t have a positive attitude, it can be easy to see personal or professional failures as a reason not to try in the future. If you have a positive outlook, however, you can view failures as opportunities for improvement and use them as motivation to keep striving for your goals by maintaining a positive mindset.
Your Language Shapes Your Thoughts
Little changes in your language can change the way you think and how you act. Whenever someone greets you and asks how you’re doing, do you answer with “fine” or “not too bad”? Think about just what this language is communicating to others… and yourself. Always answer with “great,” “fantastic,” or “amazing.” Not only does this remind me that life really is great, but it usually helps the other person shift toward a positive attitude as well. Also, take some time to look at the way your inner voice talks to you. Is that language positive or negative? If it’s overly critical or negative, it may be time to tap into some mindfulness meditation in order to shift your inner critic to an inner cheerleader.
Be aware of the good things in your life
Focusing on the negative in your life instead of the positive is one of the biggest obstacles you may have to maintaining a positive mindset. Fortunately, you can easily start changing your mindset by writing a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a notebook in which you keep track of all the good things in your life. At the end of every day, write down five things you’re thankful for that day so you can focus on the good in your life instead of the bad.
Most people have a lot more to be thankful for than they realize. For example, if you’ve had a bad day at work, you can be grateful that you get to come home and spend time with your family. Focusing on the things you’re grateful for instead of the things you’d like to change can make it easier for you to stay positive, even when you’ve had a bad day.
Have something to look forward to after work
You may be tired after a long day of work, but having something planned after 5 p.m. can make the day look a little brighter. Whether it be with your coworkers, family, or friends, a night of fun can make the day go by a lot faster. Your plans don’t always have to involve going out for drinks or dinner. Even planning a Netflix marathon can put a silver lining on your workday. The point is to craft your days to be more than just “work.” By penciling in some fun time several days a week, you can find a healthy way to balance your personal and professional life.
Positive company can help with maintaining a positive mindset
The company you keep also has a much bigger impact on your attitude than you may realize. You tend to imitate the people you spend the most time with, even if you’re doing it unconsciously. If you spend most of your time around people with a negative attitude who complain about everything, you’re more likely to start acting the same way. If you want to maintain a positive attitude both at work and at home, you should surround yourself with positive people. Spend as much time as you can with coworkers who enjoy working and take obstacles in stride, and try to make friends who are encouraging and rarely complain. When your professional and social network is filled with positive people, your attitude and behaviors will be a lot more positive than they would be otherwise.
Try to make other people feel happy
Setting daily goals can be a good way to find success and to develop a great attitude, particularly if one of your goals is to make someone else smile on a regular basis. It can be easy to forget just how much of an impact our actions and attitudes have on other people. If our actions are negative, it will negatively impact those around us.
If you want to stay positive, try to do something good for someone else every day. Offer a sympathetic ear to a friend in crisis or call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while. At work, lend a hand on a project without being asked or buy your co-workers a surprise lunch. Making someone else smile every day will show you just how important your attitude and actions are to other people, which will remind you to stay positive.