So it’s been a while!  Needless to say, I’ve had my hands full, adjusting to my new life.  It is easier in so many ways that I didn’t expect, and more difficult in so many ways that I couldn’t have expected.  However, in the last couple of weeks, I have realized that there is one thing that is always under my own control and that I MUST maintain… a positive mental attitude!

I’m making this one quick, so I can’t pull up and cite studies (perhaps I will later in a more in-depth article), but a positive, can-do attitude works wonders in the ability to achieve results.  Or even take it a step back.  People around you enjoy being around you more when you are in a good mood!  Really, when was the last time you looked at the person in the room with the bad-mood and said “Hi Friend, you just made my day so much better and have filled the room with energy!”?  I’m going to guess that has never happened.  It is more likely, that even against your own will, the other person with a negative attitude affected your mood, in a negative way.

When was the last time you saw a colleague walk by with a pep in her step, a smile on her face, and a few minutes later you felt like you no longer needed that second espresso-boosted coffee?  If having a positive attitude doesn’t directly allow you to achieve more, it definitely promotes energy and positive attitudes in those around you.  If those around you have more energy and a positive attitude, then you will be in a more productive and happier environment!

Don’t be the one who brings the crowd down… unfold your arms, share a smile and enjoy good things!