Do you want to have more fun? Do you want to do better in school, sports or other activities? Do you want your parents to treat you better?
There is one simple way to do this. Improve your attitude!
Attitude is what we think about something or someone. It often shapes how we react to the things that happen to us. Attitude will shape your life for better or for worse.
The great thing is that your attitude is your choice. You can’t change what happens to you, but you can choose how you react. That choice will always be yours. As Charles Swindoll once said, “I am convinced that life is 10 percent what actually happens and 90 percent how I react to it.”
Adversity and problems will test your attitude. How you respond will make all the difference. As John Wooden, the legendary college basketball coach once said, “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Quite simply, if you have a great attitude, you will very likely have a great life.
The following quotes come from a wide range of individuals and explore the necessity of being more optimistic in a world in which it can often be challenging to be yourself.
Attitude Quotes to Keep You Positive
Focus on the positive
The first step when it comes to adopting a positive attitude is to simply direct your attention towards the good, rather than the bad.
In psychology, this is called ‘cognitive reframing’ and though it appears simple, it has a profound effect on your thoughts and behaviors. Over time, as you make the effort to focus on the positive, you will slowly rewire your brain, so it becomes increasingly easier to do so.
“Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: “What’s good in my life?” and “What needs to be done?” – Nathaniel Branden
“Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results. ” – Germany Kent
Take risks and live to the fullest
When we are crippled by negativity, it can be hard to be true to ourselves and live the life we always wanted to.
However, on the flip side, when we choose to live how we know we should, our inner critic becomes increasingly quiet, as we accumulate reference experiences that let us really know what we are capable of.
“The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.” – Arthur Gordon
Have faith and love deeply
It’s hard to be positive without some degree of faith.
Life will constantly send us challenges to test our positivity, and to have faith is to be able to look towards the future with optimism, in spite of such difficulties.
Love and faith go hand in hand, both in a spiritual context and on an individual level. This is because both love and faith are dependent on trust, and trust is required in the pursuit of optimism.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
Live your own life
When we are able to be our authentic selves, and not worry about the potential judgements of our peers or the rest of the world, only then can we be satisfied.
Until then, it will be hard to have a positive attitude, because it will feel as if an important piece of our psychological puzzle is missing.
Living a life true to yourself is an assertion of your right to be a creative individual, and that much in itself both is, and creates, a positive attitude.
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Pope Paul VI
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe