Don’t Worry – Be Happy! 7 Steps For Maintaining A Positive Attitude

ways to maintain a positive attitude

We’ve all known people who seem to maintain a positive attitude against all odds. Life-threatening illnesses, severe financial setbacks, family conflicts and natural disasters come and go but their happiness remains intact. We’ve also known people who appear to “have it all” in terms of luck, money and health who never seem to crack a smile.

What is the difference between the two types of people? The folks in the “always happy” category have learned one of the most simple, yet profound truths of life: Happiness comes from within.

Everyone’s life is touched with a certain amount of hardship and some are faced with devastating events such as the loss of a child, debilitating injuries, financial ruin or wrecked relationships. We’ve all got burdens to bear. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s how your carry it.” That quote from Lena Horne explains a lot about how important perspective is in our quest for happiness.

Meditation Evokes Positive Emotions

One basic life change you can make to help you gain and maintain a positive attitude is daily meditation. If practiced regularly, meditation has the power to bring about permanent changes in your levels of happiness and contentment.

Meditation changes our brainwave patterns and transforms your feelings of anxiety and depression into feelings of harmony and motivation. This technique has been practiced for centuries and it can work for you. Set aside some time each day to restore your body and soul and tap into the enduring happiness that lies within you.

While the exact recipe for happiness varies from person to person, if you meditate and incorporate the following 7 steps into your life, you are likely to see your positive feelings grow:

  • Smile: This sounds simple and maybe even a bit corny, but scientific research has confirmed a definite link between our outer expressions and our inner feelings. People who force themselves to smile often find that their body responds with positive emotions. An added plus is that you will also spread positive energy to those around you because smiling is contagious.
  • Relinquish Control: Accept the fact that no matter how hard you study, plan or prepare there are some circumstances in life that are simply beyond your control. Many people make themselves miserable by trying control every little detail in their lives. Take a lesson from St. Francis of Assisi and learn to accept the things you cannot change. You will be happier for it.
  • Keep Moving: Exercise causes our bodies to release endorphins which are the “feel good” neurotransmitters associated with the “runners high.” People who exercise regularly enjoy better physical and mental health. Exercise also keeps you physically fit which contributes to feelings of happiness and self-worth.
  • Connect: People who have frequent social contact with family and friends tend to have a more positive view of life. The exception to this rule is that negative people can bring you down. Gravitate toward those people who have an optimistic view of life and bring out the best in you.
  • Eat A Balanced Diet: Proper nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. Avoid excessive amounts of sugar and processed foods. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. You will look and feel better.
  • Be Thankful: Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Take some time every day to count your blessings. People who are aware of their blessings tend to view life more positively.

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