Archive for March, 2009

How to Have a Positive Attitude

When we talk about how to have a positive attitude, we firstly have in mind those tough, problematic and negative situations when we loose our calm, hopes and joy. But we have to understand that positive attitude must be a daily presence in our life, not only in bad contexts. Usually our daily mood isn’t bad, nor positive enough but neutral. We have to realize it and change our negative attitude and also neutral attitude into positive ones. The key is to keep a positive attitude despite the situation you are in, to maintain a positive thinking in the face of adversity, but also to cultivate it daily.

Before going further, we have to find out how many kinds of attitudes are there. If we figure out a line with two extremes (positive and negative) and a center (neutral), then we have three basic kinds. We can change the names and say optimistic attitude (aka positive), realistic (neutral) and pessimistic (negative), then these can include more specific ones. What we have to keep in mind is that attitude is a mental construct, a state of mind, an inner disposition toward something from the outside world and that it influences your behavior. Positive or negative attitude is your affective mind directed toward something: you, others, specific situations and life in general.

We must accept that having and persisting in a negative attitude doesn’t solve anything, but make things worse by undermining the main agent that can change the situation: YOU. Positive attitude enhances creativity and so it helps you to find solutions to your problems, but negative attitude doesn’t give you anything constructive. (more…)