10 Keys to Improving Your Attitude

10 Keys to Improving Your Attitude

Last update: 27 January, 2016

What is attitude? Can a better attitude help when facing important issues in life? Why is it so important to have a positive or good attitude?

An individual’s attitude is developed from their own internal feelings and thoughts, and is inherent in each person’s unique behavior. Considering this, attitude can be a result of both personal experiences and observed experiences of others. These can be influenced by social roles and norms. The conclusions that are drawn from each and every experience influence each individual’s beliefs and behaviors.

However, attitudes can change and improve. Everyone feels good when they are praised for showing a positive, optimistic, helpful, and/or socially competent attitude in any circumstance. To be able to display this kind of attitude, it is important to analyze oneself to know if and what changes need to be made in order to improve.

In short, an attitude change means searching for a change in perspective. A positive attitude includes positive feelings, energy for living, and, of course, creates happiness. However, negative attitudes strengthen feelings of sadness. A person’s attitude can change as they experience life and all its beauty. Here are a few simple steps can help lead you to an improved attitude.

1. Start the day off right 

Waking up early to give yourself time for a morning walk is a great way to start the day off right. If you aren’t accustomed to this, it may take a little effort at first, but it is worth it.

2. Look inside yourself 

Self-analyzing is the best way to discover the best parts of yourself, and to think about the positive aspects of your personality. On the other hand, it is also necessary to consider why the negative aspects have such a strong effect on your life. While doing this, try to focus on the positive.

3. Tomorrow will be another day 

Not everything will always be the way you want it to be, but that doesn’t mean that things will always be that way. When circumstances don’t turn out the way you want them to, or you experience some kind of obstacle or setback, remember that tomorrow will be another day, and will offer you a new opportunity.

4. Recharge 

External factors have a great effect on attitude, just as much good as bad. Therefore, it is good to seek out ways to access and encounter positive influences. For example, a few possible positive influences could be listening to a motivational speaker, watching a movie that has to do with overcoming obstacles and self-improvement, and passing time with people who display a positive attitude.

5. Be optimistic 

Life is not a bed of roses. Everyone will experience difficult times and trying situations. Focusing on the negative aspects of life will only lead to a pessimistic and negative attitude. To be an optimist, focus on the positive. Focus on new opportunities that present themselves, and confront difficult experiences and issues like new challenges that will allow you to improve yourself and your life.

6. Choose your company wisely 

Something that is very helpful in attaining a positive attitude is gleaning positive energy from your environment. Therefore, try to surround yourself with positive people. Do your best to avoid those people who you find toxic and who spread negativity. If you take your own garbage out of your house, don’t let anyone else leave theirs at your door.

7. Dream 

Only people with big dreams can achieve big things in life. When you dream, your efforts become focused on reaching that which you desire. It does not matter if it is big or small, typical or unconventional. Having a dream is the first step towards a great attitude, and that determination and positivity will be reflected in all aspects of life.

8. Dedicate time to yourself 

Pick up a hobby or activity that you enjoy and set aside time in your day for it, and, in turn, for yourself. This will help to relieve tension and release stress. Furthermore, it will lead to a feeling of accomplishment.

9. Learn from everything, all the time 

Regardless if it is good or bad, everything that happens around you is an opportunity for learning and improvement. It is important to be proactive about this in your daily life and to actively consider all the little things that can help you improve each day. Learning new things and making connections can make you feel happy and more confident in yourself. Doing this will help you develop your attitude in a constructive and positive way.

10. Take a break 

When you are stressed and you feel like you cannot carry on in your day, take a break. In letting yourself rest, your physical, emotional, and mental energy and mood will be revitalized. Resting well, sleeping well, and eating well are essential factors in improving your general wellbeing and helping you develop a positive attitude and positive behavior. After taking a break, you will feel the difference.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.