Winston Churchill once said, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
In fact, I would go so far as to say that having a positive attitude is the biggest way to make a difference in your own life and, in turn, the lives of those around you.
So what's the best way to start having a positive attitude? Find things to be grateful for in your life!
Having an attitude of gratitude is one of the quickest ways to get yourself into the right mindset and activate the Law of Attraction to help you reach your ultimate goals.
Here are 4 things you can do today that will help you to start living with an attitude of gratitude:
1. Forgive the little things
Ever get cut off in traffic or find yourself frustrated that someone stole the last blueberry muffin? Whether you realize it or not, others' actions affect you all the time. Don't let negative interactions bring down your mood. Make a conscious choice to forgive other people for the interactions that tend to bring on a negative feeling.
Not only will you be in a more positive place, but you'll also become more aware of the little things you do that could have a less than positive impact on others.
2. Make an effort to say "Thank You" as often as possible
Too often the little things get overlooked: a held door, giving the right-of-way, even a friendly smile. These menial daily events can build a very positive state.
Take the time to give a quick "thanks" to anybody that brightens your day. Again, not only will they appreciate the thought, but your awareness will help reinforce your happiness.
3. Try to be thanked by others
As good as you can make others feel by thanking them, make an effort to earn as many "thanks" for the things you have done. Compliment a friend's outfit, offer to help a coworker if you have a bit of extra time, or give up your seat on a crowded bus/subway.
The appreciation you receive from others will radiate happiness and positivity throughout your entire day.
4. Start a Gratitude Journal
Start paying attention to your own attitude and begin keeping a gratitude journal to record your daily progress. Jot down at least 5 things you're grateful for each day, whether big or small, and you'll get a new perspective on life. In fact, researchers have found that there are many benefits to writing down what you're thankful for, including better sleep, improved overall health and increased happiness.
It's easy to start one, just pick up a journal or notebook from your local dollar store and keep it by your bed. Before going to sleep every night, think back over your day and what made it special, then begin with "I'm grateful for..." and fill in the rest. It just takes a few moments, but the benefit of this simple act will be lasting.
Each person's attitude, whether positive or negative, plays a significant role in the quality of his or her life. Not only does it affect the health of our mental state and relationships, it has a major impact on our general outlook and the opportunities and people we attract into our lives. So, make an effort to always look for the silver lining and soon you'll see that it isn't that cloudy out!
What are some of the ways you've incorporated living with an attitude of gratitude into your own life? Share your ideas with our community below! I'm looking forward to hearing from you :)
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*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on September 9th, 2019 to include the latest information for our readers.*
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.