It is hard to keep a positive attitude all of the time.
Technology can be of little help. When something “breaks” or if the system is down, it is so easy to have it change your outlook and destroy your whole day. Speaking as someone who has lost important data countless times, I know how you feel. However, so many things are easier because of technology. Having experts that can help every day, like the friendly staff at Digital 55, can feel like a win! Any time of the year it is important to refocus your Stinking Thinking to an Attitude of Gratitude. An attitude of gratitude forces you to get outside of your problems and look at the bigger picture.
If it feels like nothing is going right, take a break from whatever is causing you frustration immediately and use some simple tips to recalibrate your thoughts.
Tips for having an attitude of gratitude:
- Count your blessings. It’s not a cliché. We have so much to be thankful for.
- Start a Gratitude Journal. Make it a habit to make a mental or physical list of things you are grateful for. Technology problems? Be grateful for the ways technology makes your life easier, your job, a beautiful day, wonderful family who loves you, etc.
- Say “Thank You” throughout the day. If you get a complement or someone holds the door open, remember to smile and thank them. Pay them a compliment back as well. Brighten someone else’s day. Make it contagious.
- Tell those around you how much you appreciate them. Coworkers, family, neighbors, friends, and strangers are going through something right now. Brighten their day and let them know you appreciate the big and little things they do.
- Write thank-you notes to someone who has inspired or encouraged you in your life.
- Focus on others. Making sure others feel their worth instead of being self-centered and always thinking about yourself will change your outlook. Working with or spending time with children can have a positive impact on the way you feel during (and after you give them back to their parents!)
- Stop negative talk such as “I feel like I’ve been run over by a Mack Truck!!” or talking like you’re older than you are. Start focusing on your biological age instead of your chronological age.
Life is too short to not be happy.
People who are grateful are happier people. It’s never too late to start cultivating an attitude of gratitude. People will notice a difference in your life and it will start a positive perpetual cycle where you will feel better as the people around you feel better. Get started right now. What are you grateful for?
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