A positive attitude is a huge determinant of success and a healthy mind and body. Our mindset can make the difference in whether we have good days or bad days, find joy or sadness, even how our friends, colleagues and family engage with us. It has to do with not only what we say, how we say it, but also the attitude and the human body disposition we show others. Despite our circumstances or things that may be going on that are out of our control, the one thing we can control is our attitude and disposition. It’s not about you. Get over yourself. Don’t put your problems or misery on somebody else’s doorstep, or office or home. Choose to be of good cheer.

The words we use; the tone in which we speak; the way we look and our body posture toward others—all have a bearing on our impact and life’s influence each day. Just a negative thought or word spoken in slightly the wrong tone can be the difference in whether someone has a good day. There have been times when in my life where a discouraging word or tone caused me to think negatively, set my day on the wrong track. There have been times when one person’s attitude and body posture has pulled down an entire team. Think about how much stronger each of us are when someone exhibits a positive attitude or says an encouraging word.

Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to get that positive energy flowing. If we don’t, negativity can cause us to spiral downward, and then one negative thought can compound every little thing that we perceive as something undesirable. All of a sudden, life can become one big pity party. Again, we can control this. It may take some practice and being intentional, but we can train ourselves to approach each day by emphasizing the positive. Creating a positive  attitude requires changing our mindsets to look at life from the perspective that we have more to be thankful about than we have gripes to air. It starts with developing an attitude of gratitude.

Often we need to identify what has caused negative thoughts so that we can change them. We can eliminate the negativity by getting control of our own emotions. This helps us realize that the way we feel is a choice and we can choose to take control of our emotions rather than allow them to control us. The Bible tells us how to maintain control of our emotions. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (KJV).”

We have so much to be grateful for. We have a chance to live another day. We can always find something positive about life which can help us choose to be positive. We can create a positive attitude. Body posture speaks its own language. The right body disposition will affect our mental and physical health, be encouraging to family and friends, and make a difference in everything we do at work and home. Having a positive attitude is a choice, a choice that impacts your life and the lives of everyone around you. Choose wisely!