This month our Powerful Words program will focus on teaching “Positive Attitude.”
An attitude is how our thoughts and feelings translate into actions. In other words, how we think and feel typically determines how we behave. When we have a good attitude, we think and feel more optimistically and tend to behave in more positive ways. When we have a bad attitude, we think and feel more pessimistically, and tend to behave in more negative ways.
We can “read” people’s attitudes by looking at their face and body language as well as listening to what they say and watching what they do. When people are optimistic and hopeful, they often indicate their positive attitude by smiling, standing tall, using respectful language, and speaking in a friendly voice. They believe in themselves and feel that when negative things happen, it’s an isolated incident– not the start of a trend.
When people have a negative attitude, they might show their pessimism by frowning, complaining or bad-mouthing others. They may use disrespectful language, lose their temper, whine, mumble under their breath, and ignore others. They also may view bad things that happen as an indication of unchangeable bad luck that can’t be helped.
In essence, attitude determines how we interpret the world around us but it also determines our life experience! According to research presented at The American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention this past August, teens who have a grateful attitude are more likely than their less grateful peers to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have conduct problems at school (2012). And previous research tells us that while 50% of happiness is genetically determined, 50% of happiness and positive attitude is up to us!
Please keep us posted on how your children are applying what they are learning about “positive attitude” this month. We are thrilled to be your partners in the success and wellbeing of your children.
Here’s to your success!