Be Happy with Positive Attitude Month!

October 21, 2014

Is your glass half empty or half full? The month of October is recognized as National Positive Attitude Month, a time of year to maintain a positive attitude and do your best to stay optimistic. Having a positive attitude can make all the difference when you are facing daily routines, confrontation and adversity. Research shows that those with a positive attitude live longer, are usually healthier and live happier, successful lives.  Here are some ways to help:

Surround Yourself with Positive People. The saying goes “garbage in, garbage out”, so surround yourself with people who are optimistic and have energy.  Often times, we become similar to those who we spend the most time with. Do your friends and family have a positive outlook on life? Remember that attitudes are contagious, so catch a happy one!

You’re Responsible for Your Happiness. It is ultimately up to us to create our own happiness – not anyone else.  If you’re unhappy with something, make a change.  Try and wake up each morning and look forward to your day; when you go to bed at night, write down three things that made you happy over the course of the day. Go back after a week and see all of the things that made you smile.

Volunteer. Helping out a neighbor, friend, or volunteering for community service is a great way to shift focus on something you’re doing onto someone (or something) else.  By volunteering just one (or even over the course of time), you’ll realize what a difference you can make.

Create a Positive Self Image. Creating a positive self-image takes time, but it starts with loving and accepting yourself.  Give yourself positive affirmations and a make a list of your positive traits. Don’t compare yourself to others, but rather look at your unique traits that make you the person you are.

Never Give Up. Everyone is entitled to “off days.”  It’s on those days that you need to stay focused the most.  Take extra time on those days to surround yourself with positive people and positive things in your life.

By allowing yourself to embrace positivity, you will see a change – not overnight, but over time.  Not only will you become more inspired and successful, you’ll become more confident in yourself and see a difference in how you view life.