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Ways to Accept A Positive Mental Attitude in Life

Ways to Accept A Positive Mental Attitude in LifeUpdated on February 5, 2021 | Published on August 16, 2019
Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, Certified Psychiatrist

Ways to Accept A Positive Mental Attitude in Life

In our busy lives, negative emotions burden our lives profusely. Eventually, the mental pressure takes a toll on our health, leading to illnesses that become incurable. Amidst this, a positive mental attitude (PMA) can prove to be a knight in shining armor. So, when our incompetent thinking and destructive thoughts tear us up apart, that time, maintaining a positive outlook helps immensely.

Because a study states that a person has 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Amidst this, about 80% are negative thoughts and 95% are repetitive thoughts. So, to get rid of a negative thought, choosing a positive outlook is very important. And so, one must practice Positive Mental Attitude. But what is a positive mental attitude? Let’s explore it further in our article. 

What is Positive Mental Attitude?

The concept of Positive mental attitude (PMA) was first curated in 1937 by Napoleon Hill in the book ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ Though Hill, in the book, doesn’t mention the term upfront, but beautifully emphasizes the importance of positive thinking. Moreover, this concept forms an integral part of positive psychology. 

So, PMA is a philosophy that emphasizes on having a positive and optimistic disposition in every situation. Because of which it attracts positive changes, thus helping in attaining success. 

Moreover, Hill has beautifully summed up the concept with a quote,

“Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” 

So, without losing hope, we need to shape our state of mind for positive thinking. And to do so, we are listing some ways that can help you embrace positivity and make you a happier person overall.

Moreover, these simple tips will lower your stress levels, help you to control your inner thoughts, and improve your overall health too. So, let’s explore the path that leads to happiness.  

How To Adopt A Positive Mental Attitude?

1. Create A Positive Atmosphere

Create A Positive Atmosphere
Create A Positive Atmosphere

For a positive attitude, it is imperative to have a great atmosphere around you. With this, you get the motivation to stay happy and help you gain success.

To develop an extremely positive mindset, make sure you create an atmosphere for yourself. Mingle with people who have gained praises with positivity. Obviously, a positive mental attitude cannot show up in a day’s time but you have to race behind it.

Read books that give you a new direction and complement it with motivational movies. Most importantly, listen to news and music, which will treat you with immense positive energy.   

2. Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself
Believe in Yourself

To love the world, first, you need to love yourself. If you accept your positive and negative aspects, then you will get a boost to do better in life. 

Sharon Salzberg has beautifully said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Despite facing problems at the workplace, the financial crisis at home; yet one needs to hold his/her ground. And for that, you must first start loving and believing in yourself. Nothing is impossible in life, but negative self-talk may hold us back because we fail to acknowledge our ability. So, pull up your socks and start analyzing yourself. 

Start by managing your inner-voice with positive self-talk. Motivate yourself by constantly saying, “Yes, I can do it!” Start empowering yourself with words that affect your emotions, and a positive mental attitude will gradually follow. Always remember, you can solely control your inner voice and positive emotions.      

3. Go Social

Go Social
Go Social

Interaction helps in building new bonds. The more you walk out of your comfort zone. The more you will learn new aspects of life.

Going social doesn’t really mean – interacting on social media handles. Go out and mingle with people you have never dared to speak. This might sound unusual but it truly helps to build a positive mindset. Mingle with positive people because their outlook towards life can help you cope with favorably. Most importantly, spend quality time with your friends and family because they are the biggest ray of hope when everything seems imprecise.

And to enhance positivity, arrange family trips, plan cozy house parties, invite long-lost friends because this is the time to pull the trigger towards a happy life! Always remember, with new connections, you get a chance to carve a success path for your professional as well as personal life.      

Ways to Accept A Positive Mental Attitude in Life
Ways to Accept A Positive Mental Attitude in Life

4. Groom Yourself

Groom Yourself
Groom Yourself

Grooming yourself doesn’t mean putting up make-up and going for an outing. You must groom yourself from inside. Pamper your body with a healthy lifestyle.  

Along with loving yourself, start pampering yourself. Wear clothes that you desire, but never worn. And to do all this, first, stick to a healthy lifestyle. So, start focusing on a healthy routine by starting your regime with a sound sleep. In fact, a study conducted by Cognitive Therapy and Research has highlighted that sleep deprivation does affect a positive attitude.

Furthermore, start eating healthy by following a diet plan and treating your body with regular exercise. Above all, if you think you lack something be it interaction or presentation, then start working on it. Along with this, try meditation because it definitely helps to calm your mind.      

5. Acceptance Is Bliss

Acceptance Is Bliss
Acceptance Is Bliss

No one likes to embrace failure. But with time, we must accept them to move on in life. Some life chapters do not need attention. In fact, focus on things that will take you towards a successful and happy life.

Sometimes, it becomes extremely difficult to accept failure. But instead of wasting your precious moments on the uncontrollable situation, it’s always better to move on. Also, stop creating a fuss of issues that don’t really need your attention because they give you discouragement alone.

Always remember, time is the best healer if you really wish to welcome a positive mental attitude. And to enhance this further, remember to forget the bitter past to embrace a bright future.

6. Share Your Happiness Secrets

Share Your Happiness Secrets
Share Your Happiness Secrets

With rigorous practice, you have earned yourself a positive mental attitude. So, isn’t it great to enlighten others with your success story? You never know, it might help others to walk on the path of positivity. 

So, with experience, you are definitely on the path of positivity then why not share it with others who are yearning for it? When you share your thoughts with others, it not only helps them but molds you as well.

Most importantly, when someone lauds you for contributing a positive approach, it definitely encourages your focus towards a positive mental attitude.

7. Stay Calm

Stay Calm
Stay Calm

Failures come and go but it is important how you tackle them! And in such situations, patience plays a key role. Keep yourself calm and you will find solutions within no time.  

Failures are frustrating and it amplifies if there’s negativity. In situations like these, it’s advisable to keep a cool head. Your anger might give you a feeling of self-reliance but it just increases your stress. With this, your struggle towards a positive mental attitude might come to a standstill. So, think before you act!

8. Always Express

Always Express
Always Express

There might be thousands of thoughts going on in your head. But it is best to express them. Expressing, it might open new avenues and give you new ways to explore. 

Whenever you think that you feel lonely and stressed out, then seek help! For this, you can approach a life coach, counselor or even a family member to bring back your focus. Most importantly, you need to express yourself about the things going on in your mind.

With this particular exercise, it is possible that you might get a chance to harmonize your thoughts and mind. And this will, not only help for personal development but also for rediscovering yourself.     

9. Practice Meditation

Practice Meditation
Practice Meditation

Meditation has a far-reaching effect to stay focused. It helps you to think right because it helps you concentrate. With the right concentration, you may pave new heights of success. 

Negative thinking patterns can show up if you lose focus. But with meditation, you will be able to structure your thinking. Meditation is one of the best mediums for staying positive. Moreover, it plays a vital role in stress management. Although it is difficult at first to concentrate, yet with the time you learn to adapt. A study has highlighted that with meditation the participants could stay focused.

Now you know the ways to accept a positive mental attitude. But do you still want to know why you should accept it in your daily life? Then, let’s list out some of the key benefits.

Benefits of Accepting A Positive Mental Attitude 

  1. It gives you a rush of motivation, thus helping you to cope up with stressful conditions. Despite a difficult situation, you start witnessing a wave of opportunities instead of failure. 
  2. It helps you with a clear mindset, thus helping to forgo negative thoughts. Further, boosting your productivity at the workplace.
  3. With PMA, overcoming obstacles becomes easier. With an upliftment in mood, you start falling in love with your surroundings. 
  4. Low self-esteem can hamper professional as well as personal life. But PMA helps in loving yourself, thus giving them the confidence to live life on your terms.
  5. When you are surrounded by positivity and know ways to deal with obstacles. Then, success automatically follows, thus reducing stress and improving overall health.
  6. You get an adrenaline rush and excitement to carve success stories. And that’s why it becomes easy to find solutions. 

Here is an interesting video of American Renowned Author Napolean Hill talking about positive mental attitude –  

Positive Mental Attitude Quotes

1. “You become what you think about”

― Napoleon Hill
“You become what you think about” ― Napoleon Hill

2. “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”

 – Napoleon Hill
“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” – Napoleon Hill

3. “Your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”

 – Napoleon Hill
“Your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.” – Napoleon Hill

4. “A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

– Patricia Neal
“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” – Patricia Neal

5. “Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve”

― Napoleon Hill

6. “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”

– Bo Bennett
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” – Bo Bennett

7. “The pool is terrible, but that doesn’t have much to do with my record swims. That’s all mental attitude.”

– Mark Spitz
“The pool is terrible, but that doesn’t have much to do with my record swims. That’s all mental attitude.” – Mark Spitz

8. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

– Thomas Jefferson

9. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

– Winston Churchill
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

10. “Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.”

– William James
“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.” – William James

FAQs about Accepting A Positive Mental Attitude

What is the meaning of Positive Attitude?

A positive attitude could be attributed to the mindset of always thinking and believing in the good. It is the quality of some people to see the brighter aspect of everything. The definition of a positive attitude is that which allows you to think, feel, talk, and act in an optimistic way. It is an approach towards life that could be practiced and implemented by all.

Why is a Positive Mental Attitude important?

The power of a positive attitude is immense because you can change your life totally by shifting your thought process alone. A pessimist will always find flaws while an optimist will always see the good even when the situation is tough and challenging for him. When you are always thinking positively you start to notice opportunities. As a result, you draw possibilities and all the good stuff in your life!

How do I get a positive mental attitude?

You can get a positive mental attitude through practice. At first, it would seem mechanical and fake but deliberately do the mental exercise of thinking and feeling positive. Act and talk like a positive-minded person. Eventually, you will become more positive in your thoughts, words, and actions.

Can a positive mental attitude overcome disease?

It is said that the effects of positive thinking are tremendous. Yes, you can overcome a disease if you are positive-minded. It means you have to focus on health and healing. You must visualize yourself often as being in perfect health conditions. Over time, you can heal the disease completely or at least get better.

What are the effects of having a positive mental attitude?

When you think positively you become a magnet to people, resources, and situations that are conducive to your growth. With a positive attitude, you become a magnet to prosperity, happiness, success, and overall wellbeing! A positive attitude has huge importance in the lives of successful people. Because to create a grand life it’s essential to build a positive mindset first!

Final Thoughts

The power of a positive mental attitude is so exceptional that it allows you to embrace new ideas. Above all, PMA keeps imbibing positivity, enthusiasm to carve success stories while waiving off negative emotions!

So, these are our pointers to achieve PMA which helps in attracting positive changes and increasing achievement. Remember, with PMA you will have access to your inner self to reclaim that happy state of mind.