7 Ways To Create A Positive Attitude

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Having a positive attitude is much healthier than having a negative one. A negative attitude can wreak havoc on your mind and body, leading to depression and other illnesses. Here are seven ways you can begin to create a positive attitude in your life:

1. Leave the past where it belongs

Dwelling on the past is a waste of time. If you're living with regrets, it's time to let them go. You can't go back and change the past. You can learn from the past and make good decisions today. If you're still wishing you could have done something, find a way to do it. If you have any unresolved feelings about the past, it's important to learn to deal with them. Constantly rehashing the past is not only a waste of your time and energy, but it will also keep you in a bad frame of mind.

2. Be grateful

It's easy to be grateful for the big things that happen in life, such as a promotion at work, but it's important to remember the things you are blessed with every day. Don't take for granted food, clothing, shelter, and your electronics. When you stop and think about what it would be like to go a day, or lifetime, without any of them, it's easy to feel grateful. Having a grateful attitude is one of the best ways to be more positive and happy in life.

3. Find things to be excited about

If you're bored by your life, find new hobbies, activities, and interests to get excited about. You will have something to look forward to after work and on weekends. Think about the things that you were enthusiastic about when you were younger and see if they still hold the same interest for you. Don't be afraid to explore new things to find something to be passionate about.

4. Remove toxic people from your life

If you are surrounded by toxic and negative people, it's important to remove them from your life. No matter how optimistic you are, it's difficult to remain that way when people are constantly complaining. You may have a friend who uses you to vent their frustrations, who may or may not feel better after venting, but leaves you feeling mentally and physically exhausted, as though you've had the life sucked out of you. It's important to recognize who in your life makes you feel drained after you interact with them. These are the people that shouldn't remain in your life.

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5. Smile more

The act of smiling can make you happier. Smiling releases endorphins, which are the same feel-good hormones that are released when you run or work out. You don't need a reason to smile. Smile when you're alone, when you pass people on the street, and watch things that make you laugh. Your overall health and mood will be improved by doing so.

6. Surround yourself with inspiring messages

Inspiring messages can come from a variety of places: motivational books, quotes, music, and even friends who live positive lives. It's so easy to access bad news and negativity, that it's important to override those messages with ones that uplift you. Start each day by putting yourself in a good mood. Don't read the news upon waking, or texts or emails from anyone negative in your life. This will only stress you out and set a bad tone for the day. 

7. Practice using positive words

The words you think, speak out loud to yourself and others, and use to describe yourself make a difference to your overall attitude. If you want to be a positive person, use positive words. If you tell yourself you look unattractive, aren't smart, and have no future, you are using negative words and ideas to describe yourself. Replace negative ideas with positive ones. Tell yourself you are unique, beautiful, and smart. When in conversation with others, focus on using words that sound and feel good.

A positive attitude will benefit your mental and physical health, the way you see the world around you, and your relationships. You can replace old habits with new ones and change your entire attitude.


About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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