5 Ways to Improve Your Attitude

You’d be surprised how much an “attitude adjustment” can make a difference at school or work

Everyone’s under a lot of stress, just keeping up with all the responsibilities of work and/or school, family and—if you’re lucky—juggling an active social life. It’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity, and react with complaints or criticisms to what’s happening around you. When you want to “blow off steam” you might actually be making things harder for yourself. It can be hard to influence others, so start with the one person you have total control over: you.

1. Fake it ’till you make it
Even if you’re not feeling happy, generous, open, or positive, you might find it’s hard to keep that bad mood going if you put a smile on your face. When someone walks by you, make eye contact and flash them a grin, whether you know them or not. They might not understand why you’re doing it, but you’ve just changed the dynamic in your environment. That positive energy might come back to you later in the day!

2. Make a list
Writing things down forces you to pay attention. So take 5 minutes out of your day and write down something you’ve learned recently, to remind yourself the value of what you’re doing at work or school. If you can’t think of anything, then write down what you’d like to learn—concepts and ideas or specific strategies and skills. Look over these lists and you’ll have something to feel proud of!

3. Check your crowd
It’s easier to make a change if you spend time with people who already practice the behavior you’re trying to learn. Do you hang out with friends or coworkers who judge, critique, and complain? Seek out someone who has nice things to say, and instead of sharing your criticisms, listen to how they talk.

4. If you can’t say anything nice…
Gossip is especially destructive in the workplace. It might seem like a tempting distraction, but it feeds negativity that impacts everyone in the environment.

When you’re tempted to be harsh or judgmental, take a step back. Remember that you have unpleasant traits, too, and keep quiet with your negativity. Maybe you’ll find something nice to say about someone you normally wouldn’t notice.

5. Make a gesture
It doesn’t take much to make someone else’s day, and small considerations can improve your outlook, too. Compliments are always nice, if they’re genuine. If that person in the parking lot wants the space, let them have it this time. If someone needs to cut in front of you in traffic, make space for them. Hold the door for the person behind you coming into the coffee shop. Or even just text a friend that you’re thinking about them. Do this at least a couple times a day, and you’ll start to see even more opportunities for kindness.

If you can take some of these tips to heart in the coming week, you might see and feel a difference—and also notice that others have a different response to you as well!

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is a career training school located in Manchester, NH, that encourages students to develop a healthy outlook as well as healthy habits. We offer three career-focused training programs: Licensed Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Practical Nursing. Reach out to us for more information or schedule a visit!

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