Life happens and sometimes it seems impossible to maintain a positive attitude no matter how hard you try. And sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Whether your challenges are big or small, a bad attitude only makes everything worse so when negativity starts creeping in, try these 10 no-fail tips for maintaining a positive attitude.
1. Don’t be a Victim
Remember that you are in charge of your own destiny. Don’t just let negative things happen while you sit by doing nothing. Take action to change the things in your life that are causing your bad attitude.
2. Surround Yourself with Positive People
Both positivity and negativity are catching. Seek out people who cheer you up, get you excited about the future and remind you to have some fun.
3. Take Time out for Yoga or Meditation
Finding your Zen and taking the time to reconnect with yourself through yoga or meditation is one of the best ways to restore your positive attitude.
4. Change your Language
Stop phrasing things negatively, make an effort to frame things in a positive light. Instead of saying, “This project won’t get done without a lot of hard work,” say, “If we all work hard, we can get this done!”
5. Make a Gratitude List
It’s easy to take all of the amazing things in your life for granted. When you feel the storm clouds gathering, stop and think about what you have to be grateful for.
6. Banish Negative Self-Talk
Negative self-talk is so insidious that most of us don’t even realize when we’re doing it. Pay attention to how your inner dialogue affects your attitude and as soon as you find yourself thinking about how you need to lose weight or need to be smarter or funnier or taller… stop and focus on what’s great about yourself.
7. Do Something Nice for Someone Else
Nothing restores your positive attitude like making someone else feel better. It can be anything from treating a friend to lunch, volunteering at a soup kitchen or just letting someone cut in front of you during rush hour.
8. Buy Yourself Flowers
And sometimes you need to do something nice for yourself. When you really need a pick-me-up, don’t wait for someone else to come along and give it to you! Buy yourself flowers, get a massage or treat yourself to a decadent coffee concoction.
9. Fake it till You Make It
When all else fails, sometimes you’ve just got to fake it till you make it. Plaster on a fake smile and muster up some manufactured enthusiasm — before you know it, your smile will be real and you actually will be enthused.
10. Positive Media
Just like surrounding yourself with positive people, positive media can totally turn your mood around. Keep books, music, artwork — whatever makes you happy — on hand and avoid things, like the news or social media, that make you feel bad.