Have you ever heard the age old advice: “why don’t you just think more positively?”
At times it can seem like a tired platitude.
But a positive attitude is not just forcing a smile through gritted teeth in the hopes of feeling better; it’s something a lot more profound than that. When we adopt a positive attitude, we are using the power of our mind to hone in on thoughts and ideas that are no longer serving us. This is the core of mindfulness and it’s an approach that is seen across dozens of modern and ancient philosophies.
The word ‘attitude’ comes from the Italian for ‘posture’ is means it’s how you carry yourself, something you hold in your whole being, your entire approach to the world.
This positivity has the potential to benefit all areas of your life. It allows you to be more open and resilient in the face of life’s day to day challenges. When you come up against an obstacle, it will also serve the purpose of guiding you away from worry, rumination, or negative thinking.
The following quotes come from a wide range of individuals and explore the necessity of being more optimistic in a world in which it can often be challenging to be yourself.
Without further ado;
Here are 20 quotes about attitude to be more positive.
Focus on the positive
The first step when it comes to adopting a positive attitude is to simply direct your attention towards the good, rather than the bad. In psychology, this is called ‘cognitive reframing’ and though it appears simple, it has a profound effect on your thoughts and behaviors. Over time, as you make the effort to focus on the positive, you will slowly rewire your brain, so it becomes increasingly easier to do so.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
“Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: “What’s good in my life?” and “What needs to be done?”
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
“Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results. ”
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
Take risks and live to the fullest
When we are crippled by negativity, it can be hard to be true to ourselves and live the life we always wanted to. However, on the flip side, when we choose to live how we know we should, our inner critic becomes increasingly quiet, as we accumulate reference experiences that let us really know what we are capable of.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
Have faith and love deeply
It’s hard to be positive without some degree of faith. Life will constantly send us challenges to test our positivity, and to have faith is to be able to look towards the future with optimism, in spite of such difficulties. Love and faith go hand in hand, both in a spiritual context and on an individual level. This is because both love and faith are dependent on trust, and trust is required in the pursuit of optimism.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Live your own life
When we are able to be our authentic selves, and not worry about the potential judgements of our peers or the rest of the world, only then can we be satisfied. Until then, it will be hard to have a positive attitude, because it will feel as if an important piece of our psychological puzzle is missing. Living a life true to yourself is an assertion of your right to be a creative individual, and that much in itself both is, and creates, a positive attitude.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”