I have had very successful friends through my journey in life. One thing that they all contribute to their success is a positive attitude. It may seem as though some people are naturally jolly, but this is not always the case.
One friend of mine once said, “You know, it’s really hard to make life fun.”
I was dumbfounded by this statement. Mary (not real name) was always bubbly, finding fun activities for the kids and offering help wherever it was needed. She was determined to never let doom and gloom bring her down and rub off on her family. Wow! Now that is love. It is so easy to get in a dark trap and complain about the unfairness of the world. By making yourself laugh, smile and keep active, the day really starts to turn around. Mary discovered that she could put in an old DVD of “Green Acres”, “Gomer Pyle”, or some other old sitcom while drinking her morning coffee. Bringing up a picture of the silliness kept her positive attitude alive.
Another friend taught me how to be positive on the phone even knowing that there was going to be a confrontation.
Debbie (not real name) would say, “Suck in your breath, smile like no one’s looking and dial the number.”
This sounded totally insane to me until I tried it. Many times I had to hang up the phone before getting an answer because I was laughing so hard. Honestly though, that smile resonates through the line and changes the attitude of the other party. Before long, you are both laughing and the negative is suddenly turned around.
Many days you may wake up feeling like crap, but that doesn’t mean your whole day has to portray this feeling. Find something that tickles your funny bone and put it into practice as soon as you get out of bed. So what if it sounds strange to others – no one’s watching.