"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
We all know that person--the one everyone avoids because they suck the life out of you. Nothing good ever happens to them, and they aren't afraid to tell you all about it. They'll tell you about their lousy job, their lousy marriage, their various aches and pains, the terrible service they got at the appliance place, and how much they were overcharged. No matter how good a mood you're in, ten minutes with somebody like that, and that mood will crash. You can literally see people flee when they see them coming.
It's easy to fall into that mindset. We all have bad days, and when we've had a bad day, it's hard to see the good things that may be there--that bad attitude is filtering it out. When that alarm goes off on Monday, who hasn't at one point or another said, "I really don't want to go to work today." Who hasn't been dragged to a party or an event we really don't want to attend? You had a lousy time, too--didn't you? Of course you did, because that's what you expected.
But I've learned you'll have fewer bad days if you spend your time focused on the good things. When you're grateful for the things you have, you'll learn you have a lot more than you thought. When you're enjoying the good things that are in your life, you'll find more good things in your life. When you spend your time doing nice things for people you appreciate, and less time focused on how to get even with people who have wronged you, you're going to find that your attitude towards mankind will shift.
It's all in your attitude. So tomorrow morning, when that alarm clock goes off, try something. Say to yourself, "this is going to be a great day." Before you even get out of bed, think of a couple things you'd really like to do that day--maybe knock off a few of those items on your list that have been causing you irritation. Just see if you can change your day by changing your attitude about it.
Attitude and gratitude are amazingly powerful for those that have learned to harness it.
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel expected to be released in 2014. All of Todd E. Creason's books are sold at major online booksellers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and are available for both Nook and Kindle.