Gratitude is an appreciation of your life right now, versus where you want it to be. People who write down the things they are grateful for every day have stronger immune systems, more happiness, and less reaction to negative events. Dr. Robert Emmons, The Psychology of Attitude [via the Attitude Doc ]
Would You Rather
- Would you rather die young, or have an increased life span?
- Would you rather be depressed or be happy?
- Would you rather be stressed or feel great?
- Would you rather be a psychological and physical mess, or would you rather have good psychological and physical well-being?
- Would you rather put yourself at a high risk of cardiovascular disease, or be better at coping during hardships and times of stress?
The Mayo Clinic tells us we can choose the positive emotional and physical benefits, if we choose to have a positive attitude!
Zig Ziglar illustrates some of the benefits of choosing a positive attitude in this video:
If you’d like to have these benefits, you’ve got to learn how to have a positive attitude on demand!
* Every night, before you go to bed, write down 10 things you’re grateful for.
*Every morning, when you get up, review that list.
*Surround yourself with positive people. Start noticing people at work, at home, among your friends, and in the community who practice gratitude and optimism. Start to gravitate toward them.
Practice Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s 4 Day Positive Attitude Diet.
Day 1: Fill Your Mind With Positives
Practice all the tips above. Instead of noticing only 10 things to be grateful for, record 50 great things about your day. When you’re in the car, don’t listen to the news! Listen to uplifting music, inspirational audio books, or nothing at all. Consciously notice any negative thoughts that start to clutter your mind, and let them go.
As a Christian, my time spent with God in the morning means so much to me. When I pray to Him, it’s as if I’m receiving the power that an uncharged cell phone battery gets from the power source when it gets plugged in. When I read His Word, the Bible, I access the wisdom that is timeless.
Day 2: Affirm Yourself
Take time to recall your personal victories from the day before. What did you do well? Did you wake up on time, go for a run, eat nutritious food. Did you give a great customer experience for someone at work?
Affirm your personal strengths and talents.
Since I write from a Christian perspective, here are some Biblical scriptures about your worth and significance as a child of God. Read them over and over.
Be compassionate toward yourself when you make mistakes, but lovingly challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone.
Day 3: Affirm Others
My Creator has seen good in me when I felt I had messed up big time, many times, over the course of my life. So have some of the most important people in my life.
Practice love and compassion toward others. When you are tempted to criticize, judge, or gossip about another person, stop yourself.
Find the good in people. Speak only good words about them.
Pray for them, if you are a spiritual person. Ask for them, what you want for yourself.
Day 4: Speak Only Positive Words
Your words have power. Choose words that uplift, inspire, encourage, and lead others to hope, courage, and vision.
Stop yourself from engaging in gossip or slander.
(I’m writing this to myself, above all others. But I hope you’ll join me on this journey).
Pray for your Creator to help you speak life-giving words instead of words that take life from others.
Practice this positive attitude diet for the next four days. And the next, and the next, until you have a positive attitude on demand!
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