Attitudes are the established ways of responding to people and situations that we have learned, based on the beliefs, values and assumptions we hold.
Attitude Drives Behavior
Attitudes become manifest through your behavior.
Attitudes drive behavior. Your body language is a result of your mental attitude. By choosing your attitude you get in that mood and send out a message that everyone understands, consciously or unconsciously.
“Almost always, you have a choice as to what attitude to adopt. There is nothing in any normal work situation that dictates you must react one way or another. If you feel angry about something that happens, for instance, that’s how you choose to feel. Nothing in the event itself makes it absolutely necessary for you to feel that way. It is your choice. And since you do have a choice, most of the time you’ll be better off if you choose to react in a positive rather than a negative way.”
“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” – Ramona L. Anderson
The Power of Positive Attitude
It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind. Learn and master powerful strategies you can use to keep yourself thinking and acting positively and creatively.
Positive Attitude Means Longer Life
If you want to live a longer, healthier life then you need to develop and maintain a positive attitude – it’s now a fact thanks to a study from the two American Universities. Researchers followed and studied 1500 people for 7-years. All 1500 were in good health when the study started. Researchers followed how they aged by measuring such things as weight loss, walking speed, exhaustion and the strength of their grip.
What exactly did they discover? They found that people who maintained a positive attitude were significantly less likely to show signs of aging, they were less likely to become frail and were more likely to be stronger and healthier than those that had a negative attitude. If you have a doom and gloom attitude you’re actually killing yourself and at the very least – you’re negative attitude is just making you weaker.
Lead researcher Dr. Glenn Ostir explained it this way: “I believe that there is a connection between mind and body – and that our thoughts and attitudes/emotions affect physical functioning, and over all health, whether through direct mechanisms, such as immune function, or indirect mechanisms, such as social support networks.” Researchers found that a positive thinking and attitude improved a persons health because it made it more likely that they would succeed in life. So not only will a positive attitude help you be healthy and live longer – but it also increases the likelihood that you will succeed.
Attitude motivation is about how people think and feel. “It is their self-confidence, their belief in themselves, their attitude to life – be it positive or negative. It is how they feel about the future and how they react to the past.”
Attitude Is Infectious
Your attitude is the first thing people pick up on in face-to-face communication. Just as laughing, yawning, and crying are infectious, attitude is infectious. Before you say a word, your attitudes can infect the people who see you with the same behavior. Somehow just by looking or feeling, you can be infected by another person’s attitude, and vice versa. When you are operating from inside a really useful attitude, such as enthusiasm, curiosity, and humility, your body language tends to take care of itself and sends out unmistakable signals of openness.
DR TESSIE SHORUNMU,