Are you one of those people who can maintain a relatively positive attitude, regardless of what’s going on in your life?
Do you know how to focus on the positive in the face of negative events?
Do you have the ability to see the good in difficult people, recognize the opportunity in challenging situations and appreciate what you have, even in the face of loss?
If you've answered no to any of these questions, there’s no need to lose heart. With a little practice, a positive attitude can be cultivated. You can strengthen your mind’s tendency toward optimism if you continuously work at it.
Yes you can!
Why is it important that you cultivate a positive attitude?
Studies clearly show that cultivating a sense of gratitude helps to maintain a more positive mood and contributes to greater emotional well-being, higher overall life satisfaction and a greater sense of happiness.
Not only that, people with more gratitude tend to have stronger relationships - and because those who are happier and enjoy healthy relationships tend to be healthier, grateful people tend to be healthier people.
Gratitude can be developed in several ways.
First - when you notice yourself grumbling about a negative event in your life, try to think of four or five related things for which you are grateful.
For example, if your job stresses you, think about four or five things that you like about your job. You can do the same with relationship stress, financial stress or other problems you may encounter.
The more you gently remind yourself of the positives in your life, the more easily a shift toward gratitude happens.
As you make this shift, you will find yourself noticing more positive things in your life, dwelling less on negative events and having a greater sense of appreciation for the people and things in your life.
Another very effective and simple way to cultivate gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.
This combines the benefits of journaling with the active adoption of a more positive mindset - plus you end up with a catalog of happy memories and a list of things in your life for which you are grateful.
Because habits are usually formed within 2-3 weeks, you will have to actively focus on maintaining gratitude less and less over time. At the same time, the habit of a more positive attitude will become more and more automatic, along with greater feelings of emotional well-being.
Given the many healthful, stress-busting effects of gratitude, why not try these approaches to cultivate gratitude for stress relief and improved well-being today?