Thoughts about Lydia · Time for Mommy

Choosing Your Attitude is Tuff

The busier life gets, the more difficult it often becomes to choose a positive attitude. First of all, we’ve gotten older and time seems to teach us that life is far from being fair. Also, with so many other activities and pressures taking up our time, it’s often hard to remember that we should see the brighter side of things. I’ve always been a glass half full kind of rose-colored-sunglasses girl, but there are times when I struggle with feeling that way. Sometimes I wonder what has happened to that girl.

When I was in college I worked at Maurices (I know, lucky me 😉 , not so lucky purse.) Incidentally, during the orientation for the job, they focused largely on choosing your attitude. They gave us an ample amount of fish shaped snacks and then proceeded to teach us about the FISH philosophy of choosing your attitude in the workplace, a philosophy that stuck with me for many years, however, lately I have found the need to reacquaint myself with it.

While the Fish philosophy focuses on choosing a positive/fun attitude at work the same mantras can be used in our daily lives. It’s easy to complain about things, to post a FB status bemoaning our lives and hoping for some sympathy. It’s more difficult to be happy, to be positive, to look for the good, and in today’s world I don’t think it’s getting any easier.

That’s why it’s so important to remind yourself that you can make your own day better by choosing how you’ll receive it. Will it be a million times better? Will you win the lottery or find the cure for cancer? Probably not, but you can make your day brighter if you want to!

It’s most likely impossible to be joyful at every moment of the day, if someone is, then I’d love to know their secret, however, constant happiness is probably not going to happen. Life is full of downs, sorrows and disappointments, but we can meet them with a stronger attitude and shape ourselves for more positive results.

We can stop focusing on what is wrong, what we’d rather have, how we wish someone would treat us, or we can be grateful for what we have, make a list of blessings we find during the day, and treat others how we’d like to be treated without expecting anything in return. These are examples of the types of mentalities we must meet each day with, if we want to find happiness and choose a positive attitude.

It’s also the sort of attitude that I would like to see in Lydia as she grows up. I wish to set an example for her. She will be a happier person if she can find the bright side and treat others better.

There’s a reason those workout video coaches always remind you to smile. They know you’ll feel better. That little extra oomph will take you that extra mile. It will keep you going when you’re ready to quit. It will release those magical endorphins that may make all of the difference.

It takes more muscles to smile. That means it’s tuff! It’s more difficult to be a happy person! However, I personally enjoy my life more when I am happy. I’ll assume that you do too.

Therefore, take some time today to wear those rose-colored-glasses you might have put away. Take some time today to realize what you are lucky in. Share the good stuff, deal with the bad stuff, and then move on.   

I’d love to know what keeps you positive. Please feel free to share in the comments below!

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