Is Your Attitude Worth Catching?
Whether we realize it or not, the things we surround ourselves with majorly affects our attitudes. Especially when it comes to people. For instance, if we surround ourselves with very happy, positive, enlighted people, most likely we will have very positive thoughts, interpret things more positively, and will act more positive around others. This also works the other way around. If we continue to hang around with very negative, pesimistic, people, we will start to carry that negative attitude around with us and we will begin to become more pessimistic ourselves. What I’m trying to say is, have you ever thought about if your attitude is worth catching?
If you still haven’t come to realizations about if you give off a negative or positive attitude, ask yourself these questions.
- What do you tend to talk about more, positive or negative subjects?
- Do the people you hang out with talk more about positive or negative subjects?
- What consumes your thoughts mostly? The positives or the negatives?
Even though we might not realise it sometimes, our attitudes not only affect us, but they also majorly affect the people around us. So think about it, you aren’t only accountable for your own postivity, but you are also accountable for others people’s positivity, just with your attitude. It’s a proven fact that attitudes rub off! The next time that you are about to whine and complain about everthing you hate, stop yourself, and instead, talk about positive, enlightening subjects. This will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit the people around you.
In life, I think we often focus on everything that’s negative instead of directing our attention to all of the positive things we have been blessed with. The reason we usually focus on the negative is because it’s easier to think about. We often let all the negatives completely cover up all of the positives. For instance, when we are having a great day, we so often let one bad little negative thing ruin a day that was perfectly happy. In order to train our minds to be positive, we need to really start focusing on the positives. One easy way to start focusing on the positives is by listening to all of the good things we are thankful for in our lives. We especially need to list these positive blessings in our mind when one little negative thing trys to turn our day bad. Also, karma plays a major roll in this because what goes around comes around. By being negative you are going to have more negative things happen to you. And by being posotive, you will have much more positive things happen to you.
One of my favorite quotes is from Ajahn Chah who said “If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.” For me, this quote is important to apply to your life, especially when it comes to relationships. When you have people in your life that are constantly bring your attitude down with their own negativity, let them go from your life. Obviously, their attitude isn’t benefiting you in a postive way. Then again, if someone that is truly important to you, like a family member or a close friend, is constantly being negative, try to make them more postive through your own actions. Ways you can do this is by changing the subject from something negative to something more positive. Also, try to be postive as much as possible so you can be an example to them. If that doesn’t work, tell them how you feel about their constant negative attitude and hopefully they will try to improve on their negative attitude.
I have noticed how much my attitue changes from positive to negative when I am around pesimists. They almost instantly bring my positivity levels down. Then when I am around very happy, positive people, they always keep my positivity on track. Do yourself a favor and start being more positive. Remember though, it’s not always everyone else that make you have a negative attitude, sometimes it’s just yourself. Remember, also, that negativity doesn’t only come in the form of people. Always try your best to keep it positive!