Your Chatter Matters With Margaret Martin
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Don’t you just hate that question some days?
My glass is usually 80% full. It is full with a list of things to get accomplished – does anyone ever complete their to-do list? It is filled with people to see, relationships to keep active and flourishing. It is filled with a positive outlook on life. It is filled with a grateful heart.
You might ask, “Why is it that full?” and here’s how I respond. I think most of us are born with positive or negative attitudes (mind you, I have no research to back this up) probably part of our genetics or DNA. Our attitudes are then influenced by our early years, the people who are in our lives and set examples for us: parents, grandparents, other relatives, teacher and so forth.
I’ve always had a positive attitude and I don’t really know why. From what I remember, my parents and other family members seemed to be in a positive state of mind most of the time. I don’t remember much negative talk going on. For me, I do know that life certainly has provided several challenges and obstacles along my way, yet I inherently know that things will work out for the best somehow in the long run.
For those who tend to see everything with a negative spin, I think there is hope for you to change your attitude if you want to. So I’ve provided a few tips on improving your attitude.
- Step back and look at situations in your life with a different perspective, it might not be as bad as you think or even if it is a bad situation right now there is a possibility that the outcome might provide you with a better outlook than you might have imagined.
- Just stop it! Yes, just stop being so negative. One way to do this is to put a rubber band around your wrist and when you say or think something negative then pop yourself or have someone else if they catch you. You probably don’t want to experience the pain for very long, so you will improve your attitude.
- Listen to the words that come out of your mouth – are you whining, complaining, or gossiping? If so, now you have become aware and once you have become aware of how you are talking, you can no longer be unaware.
- Write down your gratitudes. I have a journal I keep on my bedside table and each night before I turn out the light I write down 3 – 5 things about that day for which I am grateful. When you have a grateful heart, you can’t have a negative attitude.
This might not be an easy thing to accomplish, yet if you start making an effort on a regular basis to see things in life in a more positive framework, your attitude will improve. And who knows, your glass might be more than half-full sooner than you thought possible.
An attitude of gratitude helps you be more positive. Can you start today and focus on the good things that you have in your life? Let me know how it goes.
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©2016 Margaret Martin