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Having a Positive Attitude

Updated on May 21, 2010

A Positive Attitude

 

Having a positive attitude about life can create some very positive things in your life.  The first thing that we need to find out is: What thoughts are swirling around in your mind right now as you read this? And Are those thoughts positive thoughts or negative thoughts? 

If you were strolling down the street and a stranger passed you by, would that stranger know what you’re thinking about?  I don’t mean explicit details but a general idea of what’s on your mind.  In answering number one, that is personal and up to you, and the second question will directly relate to the first.  The last question I asked is a YES.

 

The person passing you on the street will undoubtedly know what you are thinking about.  Again when I say this I mean they will know how you are feeling and whether or not your thoughts are positive.  How many times do you see someone with a frown on their face and know they are having negative thoughts.  How about someone with a smile from ear to ear, it’s pretty easy to tell if someone is thinking negatively or positively.

When you enter the room, do friends or family fall silent or does the energy in the room amp up a little bit?  If you are in a negative mind set the crowds generally fall silent, but if you’re in a positive mind set the energy usually increases.  All this goes to show how powerful thoughts are.  Negative and positive thoughts can and will affect your environment.  The only exception to this is whether or not you can hide your feelings effortlessly.

Not only can your attitude affect yourself, how you feel about things and how you look, but it can also adversely affect the people around you.  A negative attitude will make people want to stay away from you while a positive attitude will make people want to be around you.  If you’ve ever come across people with a bad attitude in life and they treated you poorly, that kind of stuff can ruin your day.  It can also have a chain reaction like a domino effect.

On the same token, just the opposite side—let’s call it the heads side, a positive attitude can work in a pay it forward manner.  The same as a domino effect except instead of knocking down the dominoes they are being stood up.  When you are positive you will notice how the people around you will be more upbeat and happy, this is because everyone wants to be around happy positive people.  It’s almost like a drug but it’s better than all of them combined, it’s a high you never want to come down from.

Remain positive in the face of great adversity
Remain positive in the face of great adversity

 

Negativity can suck the fun out of any situation in a moment’s notice.  People will generally try to avoid the negative people because they don’t want to feel negative.

We can define an attitude as a way of looking at the world; do you see a half empty glass of water or a half full glass of water? A person with a positive attitude will generally think of the glass as half full while the negative person will see it as half empty.  We also refer to these as an optimist and a pessimist.

I’m not sure but I think it was me that thought of this saying, “Positive thoughts brings about positive actions.”  I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure.  It all starts in the mind.  Think positive to have a positive attitude, to affect positively another person or event.

The benefits of a positive attitude can range from being happier, having more friends, enjoying better health, and being better able to handle stress.  Ever get overwhelmed to the point you don’t know what to do?  I have but you know what, when that happens I clear my mind.  I give myself a few seconds or even a minute or two to clear out the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts which in turn changes my attitude about things, and subsequently causes positive actions.  The work gets done and to a higher standard had I not cleared out all the junk.

A positive attitude always starts with a good self-image.  When you love yourself and are content, confident, and assured in yourself other people around you start to feel the same way.  The same applies on the other end of the spectrum in opposite ways.

Don't let life get you down.
Don't let life get you down.

How to get a Positive Attitude

First you have to realize that you are an awesome person with talents and other awesome things to share with the world. Those are positive thoughts. Thoughts of, “I can do anything I set my mind to.” Or “It’s going to work out.” are positive thoughts. They are also healthy thoughts.

Another step in obtaining a positive attitude is to avoid all the poisonous garbage you read, hear, see, smell, and taste. Trust me negativity is everywhere these days. When you turn on the news you see stories of tragedy and death but rarely about the person who foiled a robbery against an old woman. I don’t know about you but I love to hear, see, and read stories of everyday people doing wonderful things for their fellow human beings.

Like I stated earlier, positive thoughts bring about positive actions. Getting a positive thought without provocation can be tough in the beginning, so I recommend you watch a funny movie or read some jokes and then tell those jokes to your friends. Maybe you have children, play a game with them. My kids never fail to get a smile out of me.

It is tough to keep all negativity out of our lives but when it comes knocking at your chamber door in the bleak December, remember that you are now a positive person and bar them from entrance to your heart.

One more thing before I go, when your friends are down and hurting and you are consoling them, not advising but comforting, you can do so without saying much. When all they want is to be heard and you sit there and listen with your positive attitude, you can affect them positively just by being there. It is this strength of character that people instinctively pick up on.

Problems will come, it is just the nature of this life, but problems never last forever and with a positive attitude they are resolved faster. So, are you ready to take a positive attitude?

© 2010 by Wesley Cox. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Marty thanks for the praise and yes it is ok to link to my hub.

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      Marty 7 years ago

      Great article.

      I've been preparing something similar in my own blog today. I've linked you article to mine. I hope that is ok.

      Marty

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you Ladybird, I am glad that you enjoyed reading it enough to send it to your friends. I hope they enjoy it also.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Wesley, such a GREAT hub and so true. I had to forward to a couple of friends, I loved this! Thank you.

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you Pachuca, I am glad you liked this hub, and thanks for stopping by to read. Hope all it well.

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      Pachuca213 8 years ago

      I am always an advocate of positivity! Good job in your presentation of this subject mi amigo!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Blaise25: Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope this happens the world over, everyone needs positivity the world over.

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      Fehl Dungo 8 years ago from close to you...

      You really are superman :) Great hub, everyone will be empowered with positivity. Thumbs up!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you for coming by Ralwus, I appreciate the visit most, but am also happy you rated up. I'm glad also that you are staying positive and staying here. Good to see ya and take care.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Rated up kid. All fine points and I aways try to be positive, I don't think I'd still be here if I wasn't.

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Fluffymetal: Your welcome, thanks for reading and enjoying this hub.

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      Fluffymetal 8 years ago from Texas

      I've needed some encouragement for a better more positive attitude. Thanks!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      PL: you're welcome for the e-mail. I just wish you hadn't left. If you come back you know where to find me. Take care.

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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      hi wesley thanks for your e.mail enjoyed this hub

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Absolutely John, nothing is better than positivity. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Hub Wes! I always looked at life's challenges as another opportunity to excel. Keeps the boyish grin on my face through thick and thin!!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you RebekahELLE for visiting and reading. I am glad that the message was received. Although I usually try to remain positive I can get negative and notice the difference in people's reactions. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      rebekahELLE 8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      great article, Wes. and I do agree. it's amazing the energy our thoughts give off. negative people are draining, even online, you can pick up people's vibes and I try to avoid the energy zappers. excellent tips and well written. I love the top graphic! it's always nice to see a visual of a concept.

      cheers!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Deb, I find it is a better way to live the day with a positive attitude, negetivity only begets negativity and vice versa. Thank you for reading.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Oh Wes I agree with you 100%. A positive approach to life is the key to living the most happiest and successful life possible. A big thumbs up from me!!!!!!!!!!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thanks for reading SEO IT, and thank you for commenting. You're absolutely right, we should never let negativity rule our hearts. Thanks again.

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      Karla Whitmore 8 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Great reminders to stay positive. I know I've had days where it seemed everybody I met had an "issue" with me -- even if I were being polite or saying nothing at all. They were probably picking up on my mood! Think of all the opportunities we miss by allowing negativity to take over! Great hub!

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