Happiness and A Positive Attitude

by Sherry Riter in Family,Health,Lessons of Life

Are you really happy?

Let me discuss a few things first and then you can click a few answers to see if you are really happy and if you have an attitude that cultivates happiness.

the Earth as seen from space

Neil Armstrong making the first step on the moon.

Neil Armstrong making the first step on the moon

The men of Apollo 11…Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin.

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
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~

A positive attitude enables you to have a sense of overall well-being. Because of this attitude, you are more likely to live a healthier, happier and more successful life. That’s quite a promise!

To nurture a positive attitude:

  • Have a sense of humor
  • Reduce stress
  • Focus on the things you can change
  • Don’t worry about the things that are beyond your control
  • Make time for yourself
  • Refrain from negative self-talk
  • Stay out of debt and be wise with your money
  • Exercise
  • Eat well and maintain a healthy weight
  • Have fun

Happy people have a few things in common:

  • More social
  • Well balanced life
  • Stronger relationships with others
  • Energetic
  • Decisive
  • Creative
  • Trusting
  • Loving

If you are suffering from a less than positive attitude, there are a few actions you can take that will help change your outlook.

  • Help someone in need
  • Watch a funny movie or show or read a funny book – find a reason to laugh
  • Meditate
  • Make a note of what is really important in the grand scheme
  • Choose to be happy

Does your home environment stress or soothe you?A cluttered environment can cost you in energy, time and even money, whereas a clean, organized home can soothe you and provide a haven from stress, backdrop for fun with friends and family, and a place to feel safe and at peace.

Do you have at least a few supportive friends you can rely on?Friends add a wonderful dimension to our lives: they help us celebrate the good times, and they help us make it through the tough times. Having a strong, supportive social network has been associated with lower levels of stress, increased longevity, and greater levels of happiness.

Do you feel you have enough love in your life?We all instinctively know the value of love and its impact on our personal happiness and stress level. Whether you’re lookoing to find the right person, or seeking the skills required to keep a relationship healthy, the payoff to your efforts is more than worth the energy you put in. It is possible to find the right person for you, and maintain a happy, healthy relationship that can help increase happiness and decrease stress in your life (rather than the other way around).

To get you started on becoming more positive, I will be the first and I will start with the basics…myself. Name three things about yourself that are positive reinforcements of the “wonderfulness” of you.

  1. I am a compassionate woman
  2. I learn new concepts quickly
  3. I am a great cook

Now it is your turn!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mira is triplet crown July 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I can find the humor in any dark moment, I can make anyone feel comfortable, and I truly accept almost anyone the way they are (obvious exceptions). There, you made me feel better about myself already!


2 Housewife Savant July 6, 2009 at 10:51 am

This is a great post. Very encouraging!


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