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9 Ways To Develop A Positive Mental Attitude

9 Ways To Develop A Positive Mental Attitude

Have you ever wondered about the personality of those having a positive mental attitude? How they maintain a positive outlook no matter what, how they seem so magnetic to those around them, and how they never give up no matter how hopeless things may seem…

Do you wonder what’s the unknown truth behind this? Is a strong mental attitude something that can be taught, or does it come naturally? 

The truth is that everyone can adopt a more positive mental attitude. It is not an innate trait. 

Developing a positive mental attitude can improve one’s mood, relationships, and work and life satisfaction. Also, having a happy mindset influences physical health as well. 

All of this adds up to a robust case for the impact of a confident frame of mind. Let’s take a look at how to acquire a positive mindset and how to maintain that frame of mind. So, read on!

What actually do we call a positive mental attitude?

Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” put out the idea of a positive mental attitude for the first time in 1937. The author never actually uses the phrase itself. He uses it as a philosophy that contends maintaining a positive outlook throughout one’s life will help one achieve more success.

A positive mental attitude (PMA) is a mindset that encourages us to look for the good in any situation. To express our deepest values and beliefs without hesitation and to appreciate the joy of little things in life.

How can we acquire a strong mental attitude?

acquiring a positive mental attitude

The practice of developing a cheerful attitude may initially require effort on your part, but it will pay off in plentiful ways throughout your life. So, keep on reading if you want to acquire them. 

1. Accept your negative thoughts

It is not humanly possible to experience happy feelings all the time. You should not judge yourself for experiencing bad emotions; instead, give yourself permission to feel them as they arise.

Even the occasional onset of negative ideas and sensations might be viewed in a good light. For instance, facing struggle strengthens character, so not only it allows us to better assist those who may one day find themselves in a similar position, but it also helps us to face our struggles more easily.

2. Believe in yourself with confidence!

Keeping a positive frame of mind requires you to have faith in yourself, confidence in your abilities, and the realization that you are the only person who can limit your potential. Your mind must be kept clear of all negativity at all times.

3. Just enjoy the now

In order to acquire positive mental thinking, free yourself from the chains of the past and the doubts of the future. When things aren’t going as planned, it’s already tricky to keep your mind on the present moment. 

You can’t solve your problems by living in the past or worrying about the future. That’s why trying to enjoy the present might make you feel like smiling is an impossible task. To have a good frame of mind, we must first disconnect from past and future thoughts. 

There is a right time for everything. Neither the past nor the future can be altered, so why bother trying to stop it? Both the next minute and the next decade hold equal mystery. No one knows what will happen next minute. So why should we worry?

acquiring positive mental thinking

Thinking about the past and the future all the time keeps you from living in the present moment and appreciating what is happening right now. Solving the issues you’re facing right now is always a good idea. The most important things are the immediate actions you are taking.

4. Participate in things you enjoy

Seeking out pleasant experiences can help you think more positively. Put your energy into improving the positive aspects of your life and avoiding the unpleasant ones. Get into the habit of listening to podcasts on uplifting topics. Create an upbeat playlist of all of your favorite tracks. Escape indoors and enjoy nature. Attend gatherings you have confidence in your enjoyment of. If you have a lot of happy experiences under your belt, you can always look back on them when times get tough.

5. Every day, give yourself a little care

To keep going forward with a positive mindset, you must take a step back and reward yourself with something nice. 

Developing a positive mental attitude begins with adopting positive behaviors. Doing things on your own or with your spouse that help you declutter your brain and make room for the optimistic ideas you need, such as eating well, exercising, doing yoga or meditation, or simply walking outside for fresh air.

meditate to maintain a positive mental attitude

Taking these breaks will help you maintain a more upbeat attitude while you’re putting in long hours at the workplace.

6. Play some tunes that make you feel better

Listening to music now is not just entertainment. A study found that it may even improve health. Here is how! 

Research has proven that music can trigger the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine and oxytocin in the brain. Also, there is evidence that music also lessens stress hormones. 

The more dopamine released in your body, the happier you feel, and the more you feel happiness, the stronger your mental attitude will be.

7. Grow a heart of appreciation

Try to treat yourself with kindness. Start your journey toward a more optimistic outlook. Instead of being tough on yourself, try adopting a growth mentality. Having a growth mentality means that you thrive on challenges and consider failure as a springboard for progress and strengthening your abilities rather than as a way to define yourself.

Feeling grateful for what you have can serve as a foundation for a good outlook. For every gloomy thought that enters your head throughout the day, instead of hurting yourself, use it as a prompt to think of something positive.   

Here are some examples. Instead of “I’ve never done anything like this before, I can’t do it,” → think, “This is a chance to learn something new”. And, instead of “This is not going to work,” → think, “I’ll do my best to make it work!”. You can find more examples on our Samavira Instagram profile.

8. Create your own "gratitude" notebook

Why not start each day by reminding yourself that you have so much to be thankful for?

Keeping a daily gratitude notebook is a great practice for maintaining optimism. A daily practice of writing down a few things for which you are grateful. They can range from minor occurrences, like spotting a cute dog on the way to work, to major ones, like landing your dream job. They can be longer-term, like having a loving family, or temporary, like buying a large cappuccino for yourself that day.

It’s up to you to write whatever you want. The important thing is that you are making an effort to maintain a gratitude mindset daily. You may change your viewpoint for the better by retraining your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life.

9. Practice Meditation and Mindfulness

There will be times when the mountain seems impassable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be climbed. The mental strength you gain from reaching the peak will serve you well in the face of other trials down the road. You can count on meditation and mindfulness to be there for you anytime you’re in a tough spot. They are the most effective natural methods to help your brain deal with it – no matter what. 

Although it has many, one of the perks of meditation is that it can help you see how temporary our thoughts and experiences really are. If you have hope that whatever happens, it will eventually pass, then you can take comfort in the knowledge that every low will eventually be met by a high. As a result, you’ll be able to ponder with greater calm and satisfaction.

In A Nutshell

Still reading? Now, we guess you must be interested in developing a strong mental attitude, right? 

We hope that after reading this article, a new, optimistic outlook on life is within your reach now. It’s possible that this will make you happier in your professional life, making you more productive and able to deal with setbacks with grace.

So it’s the right time to know a new you! More encouraging, more optimistic, and more confident.

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