It’s easy to look around us and see a bleak picture painted for our future. With all the unrest in Iraq with ISIS, missing college students, the drama in Ferguson, Missouri, Ebola outbreaks, and natural disasters, among other issues, we could crawl into a hole and fear for what the next day is going to bring. Media outlets usually only cast a picture on the negative because that is what unfortunately makes the ratings soar. In fact, when looking for good news throughout the media, I sadly found that the vast majority of stories had some kind of negative message. All of this makes it difficult to maintain a positive mental attitude. I wanted to shed some light on some of the amazing things going on in the world!
There are some truly inspiring people out there! Have you seen this video about some brave kiddos fighting cancer? They chose to look at the positive and have a little fun during their journey. How about the anonymous fella in Missoula County, Montana that paid the taxes of 30-40 homeowners so their homes wouldn’t get auctioned off? There’s also a group of policemen who pooled their money to help a family of 6 get off the streets. We might have to look a little deeper to find more good than bad, but it’s surely out there. Why is it easier to focus on the negative rather than trying to find happiness? I did some research and found some tips on “How to have a Positive Attitude” on

Tips for keeping a positive mental attitude

1. Take passionate action towards living your life. Don’t just make it through the day, live it. Sink your teeth into it and live it like it was your last day on earth. Wring every moment out of it and live each day with passion. Passion and a positive attitude are contagious. You will find others attracted to you who are just as passionate about life and living.

2. Act instead of reacting. Don’t wait until something bad happens then try to deal with it. Be proactive and make something good happen. You are responsible for what you make of the life you have, and you only have one, so don’t waste it. Create the best life you possibly can, one day at a time.

3. Believe that each moment is perfect regardless of its outcome. Bad things happen. That is a fact of life. but that doesn’t mean you have to allow it to drag you down. Good can come from everything, no matter how bad it may be at the time. Learn to open yourself up to learn from, and gain strength from, the bad things that happen in your life. Learning to have a positive mental attitude even when bad things are happening will help you to get through the bad times even stronger and more determined to succeed.

4. Learn to always be grateful for what you have. It’s a well-known fact among successful people that having gratitude will get you more than never being satisfied. There’s nothing wrong with having dreams and goals and desiring more out of life, but don’t forget to be grateful for what you have already. Those who are never satisfied or grateful with what they have get into a “needy” or “poverty” mindset, where they think they never have anything and are doomed to never having anything. A positive attitude attracts positive actions. Gratitude attracts positive energy.

5. Seize every opportunity that you can instead of regretting it later. Now, whatever you do, don’t put yourself in the poorhouse or take food out of your children’s mouths, chasing every get-rich-quick scheme that comes around the corner. But don’t be afraid to take opportunities that feel right either. Successful people have taught themselves to have a sixth sense when it comes to taking advantage of new opportunities.

6. Always keep your sense of humor. People like to be around those who find humor in even the most awkward moments. Learn to laugh and you will be more positive, especially if you can learn to laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself, or life, too seriously. Life is much too short to waste it moping around in self-pity. Humor is very attractive. A positive mental attitude can be born from a strong sense of humor.

7. Believe that you are in charge of your destiny. No one can take your dreams from you except for you. As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no limit to how much you can accomplish. Life is not something that is going on around you. It is what you make of it. And even by doing nothing you are still creating your life, so why not get involved and create a life you want and can enjoy? Anyone who is truly successful, who enjoys life and has a life to be proud of, has a positive attitude.

I loved every single one of these and they were a great reminder to me to look at the glass as half full. I hope this brightened your day a little bit! Remember: Life is GOOD!

– blog written by Marcy Clark, Admissions Counselor