[Saw this being shared on FB by my pal, Terence. His original fb post here :)]
A small girl was auditioning with her classmates for a school play. Her father knew that she had set her heart on being in the play just like all the other children hoped too. Like any other parent, her father feared how she would react if she was not chosen. On the day the parts were awarded, the little girl’s father went to the school to fetch his daughter. The little girl rushed up to him, eyes beaming with pride and excitement. “Guess what Dad,” she shouted, and then said the words that provide an invaluable lesson to all of us, “I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.”
Thoughts are very powerful. They affect your general attitude. The attitude you carry can also affect people around you. The type of attitude you carry depends on you. It can be either positive or negative.
Positive thoughts have a filling effect. They are admittedly invigorating. Plus, this type of attitude usually energizes the people around the person carrying positive thoughts.
Negative thoughts on the other hand have a sapping effect on other people. Aside from making you look gloomy and sad, negative thoughts can turn a festive gathering into a funeral wake.
A positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels them. People tend to shy away from those who carry a negative attitude.
We can also define attitude as the way of looking at the world. If you choose to focus on the negative things in the world, more or less you have a negative attitude brewing up. However, if you choose to focus on the positive things, you are more likely to carry a positive attitude.
You have much to gain from a very positive attitude. For one, studies have shown that a positive attitude promotes better health. Those with this kind of attitude also have more friends. Projecting a positive attitude also helps one to handle stress and problems better than those who have a negative attitude.
A positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. If you love the way you are and are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, you will also make others around you feel the same way.
A negative attitude, on the other hand, has, of course, an opposite effect. So, carrying a negative attitude has a two-fold drawback. You feel bad about yourself, and you make others feel the same way.
If you want to have a positive attitude, you have to feature healthy thoughts. This is probably very hard to do nowadays since, all around us, the media feeds us nothing but negative thoughts. A study [in] self-development: The power of positive attitude shows that for every 14 things a parent says to his or her child, only one is positive. This is truly a saddening thought.
If you want a healthier outlook in life, you need to think happy thoughts, and you have to hear positive things as well. So, what can you do? Well, you could watch a comedy, play with your children or tell jokes to your friends. All these activities fill you with positive stimuli, which in turn promotes positive attitude.
Although it is impossible to keep ourselves from the negative things around us, you can still carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good things, the positive things in life.
And this positive attitude you now carry can be of benefit to other people. Sometimes, when other people are feeling down, the thing people mostly do is try to give them advice. But sometimes, all they need is someone to sit by them, and listen to them. If you have a positive attitude, you may be able to cheer them up without even having to say anything.
If a positive attitude is really great, why do people choose to adopt a negative attitude instead? One who carries a negative attitude may be actually sending a signal for attention. Feeling sad, angry, or gloomy is not wrong itself. But dwelling on these thoughts for far too long is not healthy either. There is a time to mourn.
As always, if you are beset by troubles, even in your darkest hour, focus on the good things in life. This gives rise to hope and the problems become something you can overcome.
Other people can determine where you live, what you do every day, how much you earn, and countless other conditions in your life. But your attitude is different. It is the one thing that no one else can determine for you. Where your attitude is concerned, you are in complete control. And when you choose a winning attitude, you create a winning future. If you can keep your attitude positive even in any kind of difficult situation, it will lead you to triumph. So, what’s not to like about a positive attitude? Adopt one today.
“Attitude is the little thing that makes the big difference.” – Winston Churchill