7 Strategies to Build a Positive Attitude

We live in a world where stress is just a part of everyday life. Work, school, bills, family, and other obligations tend to make life all the more stressful, so learning to effectively deal with stress has become an important tool that every adult in today’s society must develop. When we are stressed, we tend to have a negative outlook on things, and if we are constantly stressed our attitudes turn sour altogether. In such times we turn to easy and sometimes unhealthy comforts like fried food, ice cream, or alcohol, but there are some tricks that you can use to begin improving your overall attitude so that stress is less able to get you down. Here are seven ways to help you build a positive attitude that will help you deal with stress and work towards accomplishing your goals.

1. Be aware of your negativity

The first step in building a more positive attitude is to keep your negative attitude in check. It is important that you become more consciously aware of your negativity. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop and try and think of positive thoughts. For example, if it’s raining outside and you have been down and grumpy all day, build awareness that the bad weather may be negatively impacting your mood and try putting a positive spin on it. Think about how the rain is good for the Earth or think about a fun memory running to get out of the rain or jumping in puddles as a kid. You could also play some weather-worthy music, like Stormy Weather by Lena Horne, Rain by The Beatles, and Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

2. Stop jumping to negative outcomes

This goes along with building awareness of your negative attitude. In order to change your overall outlook on life you have to start catching yourself thinking about things in a negative light. That includes work, outings, people, and yourself. If someone recommends you all go to a concert that is being held at a specific venue, for example, don’t automatically think of all of the reasons why you shouldn’t go; instead think about how fun it would be to see a concert with some friends or how much you enjoy hearing live music.

Making assumptions and jumping to conclusions about people and things is a part of this as well. When you see people on the street or at a bar or restaurant, don’t just make negative assumptions about them because they are acting or are dressed a certain way. Instead look a little closer and find something positive to say about the situation. Maybe you like the way one of them dresses, or you agree with their choice of beer. There is always something good to find in every situation and every person.

3. Think about the things you are grateful for

Taking some time out of your day to contemplate all of the blessings in your life can go a long way in improving your attitude. Take a minute to be humble and think about your job, your friends and family, your education, and all the other things that have helped you get to where you are now. As we get swept up in the routine of life, we tend to take for granted even the small things, like having a house with a bed, and a meal to cook in the kitchen. Appreciating all of the things that you don’t have to worry about will make dealing with your actual problems much less stressful and will help you maintain your newfound positivity.

4. Daydream positively

Daydreaming and reminiscing a few times a day can go a long way in improving your attitude and reducing your stress level. When you think about things you are passionate about or about people or memories that make you happy, it tends to drastically improve your mood. Think about a time you thought you were going to die from laughter, or about a particularly memorable outing with friends, or that road trip you made for spring break and all the crazy things that happened to you. Chances are you will find yourself smiling and your stress significantly lessened.

5. Remember your failures

If you find yourself dealing with a new problem at work or in your personal life, pause and think back on your experiences. Where have you encountered a similar problem or situation? What did you do? What was the outcome? What did you learn? Analyzing such things can help you apply your experience to your present situation and work towards finding a solution. Once you have resolved the issue, think back on the steps you took to solve the problem and remember the process so that you can readily apply your newfound knowledge to future situations.

6. Think creatively

Becoming trapped in a routine can be enough to drag you down and turn your attitude sour. When we get into the same repetitive schedule on a daily basis we start to feel like there is a void in our lives that needs filling. When this happens, there are several practical solutions you can use to change the situation. The first thing you can do is set some new goals for yourself to accomplish, or take up some new hobbies to fill in your time. If, however, you feel like adding more to your plate will only make the idea more stressful, simply approach your current routine from a more creative standpoint.

Think of new ways to do things like taking a different route to work, doing something different for lunch, or something simple like listening to new music. You can also try making small changes in your personal life, like reading an article or book instead of coming home and watching the sitcoms. Anything that can break your routine can help break your negative feelings towards daily life.

7. Exercise your mind

Keeping your brain active and alert can go a long way in helping to improve your attitude. Doing crossword puzzles and brain games that help improve your memory and thought processes can make problem solving at work and home that much simpler and therefore improve your negative outlook. Regularly exercising your brain can also help you maintain that feeling of “clear head space” and help you focus on the positive aspects of life. 

  • Dylan Boor
    Dylan Boor
    #4 is an interesting concept. Never thought to use daydreaming to my advantage.
    March 24, 2019
  • Kwabena Teye
    Kwabena Teye
    Positivity is key I love this.
    March 24, 2019
  • Arthav Chawla
    Arthav Chawla
    Positivity and challenging your mind.
    March 24, 2019