Types of Attitudes and Their Role in a Happier Wellbeing
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- Human beings live in “flocks,” and communication is the basis of our social relationships;
- One cannot progress without connections – be it in personal or professional spheres;
- Dealing with others is an art, for our success in society depends significantly on communication skills and our attitude when facing a challenge;
- Effective communication is the doorway to influencing people’s thoughts, feelings, perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a situation;
- Strive to make yourself and other people a bit happier: be the light that breaks the dark side of communication!
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Introduction to Attitudes and Positive Communication
An ordinary half glass water made quite an impact in the sphere of psychology: it famed two principal attitudes, which are now a simplistic method to humanity classification.
Of course, if you dig deeper, you are bound to find a lengthy list of adjectives to characterize the full spectrum of our attitudes towards how we take life’s challenges. Still, they are merely branches of the positive-negative duo. This article examines two additional ones besides pessimistic and optimistic attitudes: neutral and risk-taking, and their role in our interactions with others.
It is worth mentioning that types of attitudes should not be confused with personality types. This occurs, for instance, when someone claims they are an optimist or a pessimist. Attitudes are flexible, while personality types are more rigid and take more time to change. This particular quality of the attitudes presents us with a fantastic opportunity to improve our social relations through positive communication.
According to Winston Churchill, attitude is the smallest thing that makes the most significant difference. The first step towards attitude transformation is switching to positive thinking.
Change Thinking to Change Attitude
Two main factors buttress human mental constructs: the environment (teachers, parents, friends, etc.) and intrapersonal conversation. While it is hard to change the environmental impact, we can handle what is going on inside us. “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi’s request to start with the mess in your backyard.
One fascinating thing the brain and the sea have in common is that they are ceaselessly in commotion. It may seem impossible at times, too overwhelming to be mindful of intrapersonal communication – countless waves of internal dialogue and weed out any destructive inclinations. But as one exercises self-awareness consistently, gradually, things would become more manageable.
Like interpersonal dialogue, changing our thinking patterns requires us to recognize how we communicate and then consciously adjust our minds to interact with others constructively. Structure your internal discussion. What you say and how is essential.
If you notice negative messages or catch yourself using more destructive rather than constructive words and patterns, take a step back. Check your internal dialogue, examine habitual patterns in the way you speak. Changing our internal messages will change our thinking process, which would improve the outcome of our interactions with other people.
Self-awareness requires us to recognize our thinking patterns for what they are, understand, and trace their effects to modify what we tell ourselves. It is a life-changing move.
How to Think Positively?
If you look at the science behind positive thinking, here are a few ways to think more positively about your life.
To think positively, you should pay attention to the words you use and change them from negative to positive. Instead of being destructive in your thoughts, start thinking constructively. Instead of tearing yourself down, try to build up your self-esteem.
One way to follow this advice is to create affirmations, memorize them, and read them as often as possible. You will notice that the words will reshape your perceptions. If you are pessimistic and negative, it may seem difficult to break a habit. But the good news is that, according to the scientists, it will take at least 30 days for it to change, so stay tuned.
The Importance of Pray and Meditation
In his research, Fredrickson has demonstrated that people who meditate regularly have more positive emotions. Meditation is nothing but a focused mind, so take time to meditate or pray.
Writing down positive words, prayers, meditation, or an affirmation can have an incredibly powerful impact on your mind. Noting down your thoughts and emotions will not only keep the mind engaged, serving as another form of meditation, but also will help to trace the patterns you want to get rid of.
Unfortunately, we all have people in our close surroundings who are not overburdened with tactfulness when it comes to word choice. Harmful and hurtful things they say remain with us only if we allow them to. We are more inclined to do so when influential people sent the message.
Even if it was right at one point, the good news is that we don’t have to be slaves of the past. It is gone, so look into the future. When we think of a negative word, we should replace it with constructive, positive thoughts. Affirmations like “I am not a slave to my past” or “The past does not have to affect my future,” said at the times of misery may eventually bring solace.
Being positive means keeping a constructive attitude and perception about the happenings, no matter the circumstances. This mentality in behavior is crucial for success, not only in the workplace but also in life.
A positive attitude has numerous advantages that affect other people’s behavior productively. A person with a positive attitude will seek the good in their environment, no matter how bad other people’s reactions or actions are.
The best way to maintain a positive attitude as a beginner is to avoid naysayers and develop self-confidence. Acknowledge your mistakes and move forward, instead of being ashamed of them. Do not overestimate the hurdles – a skill which should be cultivated daily in every aspect of your life.
You should greet the day with a zest for life and have confidence in yourself. Happiness is one of the essential attributes of a positive mind. The most contented mind is where one can dwell for all the good things attributed to it.
In general, people tend to ignore the good things in life and think they will fail. We often compare our behavior with that of other people and “find our way out” of difficult situations by running away. A negative mind has a tenacious disposition to expect the worst.
A person with a negative attitude is often angry. It usually comes as the implication of other people’s adverse reactions. For example, a lack of respect from their family members or loss of trust in others.
A certain amount of anger is right, but it is the root of self-destruction that harms mental health. A person can question himself, but he should never doubt himself – hesitation does not lead to progress. If you have a negative attitude, you are prone to challenging yourself more than you should.
The adverse setting defines a person and is determined by their attitude. A cynical person is a frustrated person. He is frustrated with himself, which is reflected in his life thru facing severe difficulties. His frustration does not help him build a career, and he overlooks chances coming his way. He is annoying, and his failure will cause him problems in the future, even if it could have been easily alleviated.
Another type of widespread attitude is known as neutral. Its other name is hope. Hope is neither a positive attitude nor a negative one, but rather a combination of mixed reactions. People generally tend to ignore the problems in life and wait for someone else to care for them. They usually lead a lazy life and are often emotionless.
These people never feel the need to change themselves because they can live as they are. Such people don’t think much, and they don’t care about other people’s opinions. They feel so comfortable in their skin that they don’t think much of themselves or others.
Therefore, a neutral attitude is nasty and should be corrected. In most cases, you can notice that adjusting the position after mental therapy leads people to a path that is full of positive feelings. When the change occurs, the person with a “neutral attitude” may opt to go down the road of either positive or negative attitudes.
However, this kind of attitude is more like a cynical type and is thus very destructive. It can destroy the images associated with positive thinking: reactions are very similar to the negative moods. The other person’s positive thoughts and feelings with a positive attitude in the negative thinker’s head are often reflected as negative opinions.
It is necessary to let go of this kind of attitude to improve oneself and the people around you. It isn’t easy to fix it because this attitude is deeply rooted in our personality. However, it is possible to change our mentality, but only if we work on ourselves.
The Art of Positive Communication
An essential aspect of excellent communication skills is the ability to communicate positively. Positive communication is the type of connection that elicits positive reactions and actions from our surroundings.
It helps create a good impression and has the power to turn negative feelings into positive ones. You can make it possible if you dedicate time to develop the habit.
Try to shape your sentences without negative words. If you say: “I can give you an ABC,” you are not only saying that you cannot do it because you donate an ABC. However, you are saying instead: “You can do it if you provide the ABC.” This conveys the same meaning and can happen in many different ways, from positive to negative.
It may be a thing with a negative element, but it can also have something positive, sometimes very tiny, so let’s look at the positive aspect. Try to find the positive part and include it in your conversation. A positive attitude and perspective are also critical. I firmly believe that it is crucial to have positive aspects of our discussions in life.
If, for some reason, you cannot do something, try to analyze the situation and propose an alternative solution. Direct rejection is comparatively easy to make, but it does not solve the problem. Suggesting alternative solutions shows that the person is willing to do more to get things done. If someone comes to offer you a job that you don’t have time to do, you can either make the time for it or tell them that you’re busy.
It sounds rude and insistent to use imperative mode. No one wants to be forced to do anything, so try to tone it down a bit and use words like: “You can,” “I can,” etc. Nothing can be more favorable than the voice that offers help. It sounds positive, helpful, and motivates the recipient.
We all know how vital a positive image is in life, including for professional success, but you will be surprised at what positive attitudes can do when you get to the top of the ranks. Therefore, I suggest that you start with positive written communication about yourself and gradually transfer the positive aspects of communication to conversations. Attitude can define or destroy you.
Companies are looking for people with positive attitudes, and the following describes the opinions that will be an inspiration to many on your team. People generally seem to carry a positive vibration that motivates them to move forward in life. At worst, and at best, this attitude can change people’s thoughts and behavior.
To start thinking more positively, you should, first of all, pay attention to your attitude toward yourself. The way you behave and interact with others defines your self-awareness and, of course, the ability to think positively. Pay attention to the words you use and try to change negative to positive ones. Think constructively, instead of being destructive in your own thoughts. It’s also necessary to build your self-confidence to not tear yourself down and maintain a positive attitude toward life. Always acknowledge your mistakes and move forward!
Communication is the basis of our relationships as it allows us to share experience and knowledge through interaction with other people. We depend on each other in our life journey through learning, adapting, creating, and sharing knowledge and expertise.
Be an example, a good example, and start thinking differently. Remember: changing the attitude will not only yield intangible results for you, but also for the people around you: your friends, family, colleagues, and even your enemies.
Express and present yourself in the best way, and you will notice how positive and successful your surrounding is becoming. Have you ever tried it? Let’s charge other people with positive energy and make them a bit happier!