I must tell you that despite what you might think at first glance, it’s not actually that hard to learn how to maintain a positive attitude in every situation, no matter how difficult that problem might seem. You just have to be willing to put a little effort into improving the quality of your life by changing the way you see the things around you. I absolutely love this famous quote by Walt Whitman (it’s actually my favorite quote): “Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” So beautifully said and so, so true! Having and maintaining a positive attitude nowadays is vital for being successful, both in your career and in your personal life. Here are a few pretty useful tips on how to maintain a positive attitude which I hope you will consider the next time you’re feeling a little bit down:
1. Use Humor
In my opinion, the best thing you can do if you want to learn how to maintain a positive attitude no matter what is to simply make laughter a part of your day. Use humor and you will see that all your problems and worries won’t seem so scary anymore! When feeling a little bit down, you could read some jokes or some funny stories or even look at some funny pictures and I’m sure you’ll feel better again in an instant.
2. Read Inspiring Books
If you like reading and you are trying to maintain a positive outlook on life, then one of the best things you could do is of course, to read some inspiring and positive books that will help you to stay motivated and to overcome all the obstacles you may have to face along the way. If you’re not such a big fan of reading, you could try watching some inspiring videos; I, for example, love the famous Ted Talks, but there are plenty inspirational videos to choose from.
I’m sure you are all aware of the wonderful benefits exercising can bring you. Obviously, this activity has a big impact on your physical health, but you shouldn’t neglect all those benefits it brings to your emotional well-being either. Exercising is one of the best ways to fight depression and anxiety and it will also help you get rid of all that stress you accumulate on a daily basis.
4. Wake up Early
I must confess that I’m not such morning person myself, but I also noticed that every time I woke up early, I felt more energized that day and I could even say that I was happier and more optimistic. Waking up early will allow you to get a head start on the day and you’ll have more time to do a bit of the little things you enjoy that you never have enough time for, like reading a few pages of your favorite book, meditating or even listening to a couple of your favorite songs.
5. Plan Your Day
Always make plans and try to stick to them! Get organized, because this way, you‘ll be able to get more things done more quickly and you’ll have enough time for the things or for the people you love. You’ll also be able to focus on your priorities and you’ll work on resolving your problems instead of postponing them. Just like Mandy Hale, the author of The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass, said: “Keep your head up, your faith strong, and your eyes open for the little miracles all around you…because they are there, just waiting to be discovered.”
6. Learn to Seize the Day
In order to always maintain a positive attitude, you should learn first how to seize the day. I’m sure you’re all familiar with that famous saying “Carpe diem,” so listen to this wise proverb and enjoy every moment of your life, no matter how difficult it may seem sometimes. You will overcome all the obstacles you encounter in your path, so just don’t focus on the negative so much and think about the wonderful things that will happen in your future.
7. Use Language to Shape Your Thoughts
The best way to build a positive attitude is by using language in order to shape your thoughts. Make some small positive changes in your language and see how these will affect your behavior and your attitude. Try using words like “amazing,” “incredible” and “wonderful” more often - and of course, try to let go of all those negative terms you use sometimes, like “I can’t” or “I won’t.”
Even though it may seem sometimes a little bit hard to maintain a positive attitude, it’s not impossible. Use these tips, implement them into your life and wait for the results. What other tips on how to maintain a positive attitude can you share with us? Do tell! Please let us know what you think in the comments section!