I'm not joking. I have observed the effects of a positive attitude for years among people with whom I've worked and socialized. When I'm around a positive person, they make me more positive, so I always want to be that person who starts the feel good ripple effect too!
It may be asking too much to be positive 100% of the time. There are times we all must handle difficult circumstances or discuss troublesome topics. Even then, finding something positive as quickly as possible afterward provides a cushion. Maybe that something positive is a glass of Merlot or mashed potatoes. It's our choice, right?
Since it's Monday I'm going to give you a few tips on staying positive. I've learned these the hard way, so take notes:
- Look hard for the silver lining in the negative situation. Look hard. It's hiding like peanuts under the couch cushion.
- Choose to spend most of your time around fun, positive people. Laugh at them, and let them laugh at you. Sometimes you gotta take one for the team.
- Learn to counter the negative with a positive spin. Once you hear or think the negative thing, immediately craft a response (even if you're talking to yourself) that points out something positive. For example, if your competitor gossips about you, be grateful he's helping create buzz about your business. I doubt anyone will notice when he trips over your shoe at the next networking event.
- Recall the things for which you are thankful! If you're bummed and feeling a negative slump, don't waste more than 2 minutes in that hell hole of misery. The way out is to start counting your blessings, one by one. By the time you get to 10, you're out of the hole and running. Toward ice cream.
Have a goal of keeping a positive attitude and sharing it with others. You never know when someone else might need it.