When I am happy, I see the happiness in others. When I am depressed, I notice that people’s eyes look sad. When I am weary, I see the world as boring and unattractive.– Steve Chandler
When it comes to feeling happy and content, your attitude plays an important role. A negative attitude keeps you focused on the negative side of your situation. You spend more time thinking about what you don’t have; the opportunities you missed out on, the terrible things that have happened to you in the past, and the awful things that might happen to you in the future.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the “Happiness Attitude,” which is slightly different than a mere positive attitude! A positive attitude is certainly a good place to start because it helps you to feel better and think more positively overall, but the Happiness Attitude also includes a concrete decision to live your life from a focus of happiness and joy – which can elevate your attitude to a whole new level!
If you’re ready to adopt a genuine Happiness Attitude in your own life, read on for some easy ways to do it:
The Happiness Attitude requires an ongoing commitment to appreciation and gratitude in every moment. Not only should you appreciate the bigger stuff like your family, home, job, friends, and health, but also the smaller blessings like getting a good deal on a new pair of shoes, receiving a compliment, or even catching a glimpse of a beautiful bird outside your window.
Optimism is a huge component of the Happiness Attitude because it requires a conscious decision to expect the best, no matter what! Rather than obsessing and worrying about the negatives, you’ll commit to giving most of your attention to the great things coming your way.
Feeling unsure of yourself or your capabilities contributes to a negative attitude – and is the direct opposite of the Happiness Attitude. By building your confidence and affirming your capabilities to do anything you desire, you’ll feel strong, powerful and more in control of your overall happiness.
A Happiness Attitude means also trusting yourself to make the right decisions that will create greater happiness and fulfillment in your life. These decisions may not always be easy, but by choosing to believe in yourself and trust your inner vision, you play an active part in creating the life circumstances that will make you happiest.
A rigid mind-set often fosters stagnation and negativity, which detracts from your happiness. A Happiness Attitude, on the other hand, encourages greater flexibility and resourcefulness, which aids you in overcoming obstacles and facing challenges.
A negative attitude can make you feel like you have to work excessively hard to get ahead, which only leads to stress and burnout. With a genuine Happiness Attitude, you’ll find it easy to balance all aspects of your life and create a genuine sense of happiness and fulfillment.
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