Choose To Be Happy By Choosing Your Attitude

By Dr. Robb Thompson

All of us in life have had opportunities to fall into a poor attitude, outlook or situation… At that time, we know we are not being a person that others are looking for, and not even what we expect out of ourselves…

But, Have you ever come across someone who is willing to do whatever you need regardless of the inconvenience?

This is the employee that every boss dreams about…

A study in Psychology Today stated that bosses would rather have an encounter with a happy and willing employee over a competent, yet unwilling associate.

A Willing Person Is Always Eager To Learn A New Skill, But Rarely Will A Novice Who Is A Self- Acclaimed Expert Ever Change His Attitude.

Think of this… A person’s attitude can be expressed in many ways, but there are three simple things to look for:

• Countenance

• Body Language

• Tone of Voice

You see, countenance is the outward expression in an inner attitude which reveals itself in facial expressions…

Body language is also an attitude indicator. Any time we do something we really enjoy, our body takes on a positive posture… We stand up straight and ready for action…

Through the process of becoming better, changing our posture can actually alter our attitude. If we stand up straight, keep our head up, and smile, our attitude will follow…

Studies indicate that when a person smiles it becomes contagious to everyone around them, it disarms the questionings and attitudes others might be thinking…

The last indicator of our attitude is our tone of voice.

We must be willing to follow instruction…

Our non-verbal reaction to a valid instruction reveals whether we are a willing participant in our company’s goals.

or not we are willing to do what we are asked…

We can consciously change any of these three aspects, and our attitude will follow…

Our Perceptions Determine Our Attitudes.

So, we must ask ourselves, where does a negative attitude come from? The main source of a poor attitude is a faulty perspective.

Most often, people perceive others as well as the situations that surround them through the lens of negativity…

Some questions to consider…

• How do you perceive those around you?

• How do you perceive your work environment?

• How do you perceive your boss and your coworkers?

Remember, perception determines attitude, whether good or bad. If we change our perceptions, our attitude will soon follow…

Let me ask you… Do you see work as a way to make money or as a way to express your God-given talents?

Do you see your boss as a taskmaster using you for his own purposes, or do you view him as someone who is helping you achieve your best?

Perception Makes All The Difference.

Remember, there are always two ways to perceive anything in life. Choose a successful attitude before you ever evaluate anything you’re facing.

Here is a principle for you…

“Attitude Determines Altitude.”

The following poem depicts that principle so well.

ATTITUDE – By Dr. Robb Thompson

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight.

I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents never gave me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

The Greatest Weakness Attitude Possesses Is Its Incapacity To Remain Hidden.


The whole crews of flight attendants were friendly, but Jeanne stood out. She treated Mr. Smith like he was someone special.

His initial gruff greeting didn’t scare her a bit. She must have seen something in his tired eyes that told her he wanted someone to care about him.

She couldn’t have thought he had anything to offer her–his wispy hair and flannel shirt gave no hint of affluence. As far as he could tell, there was no reason for her to treat him as warmly as she did. During the long flight, she became exactly what he needed her to be–genuine, caring, and patient.

He stepped off the airplane refreshed, like he was young again. He didn’t have the means to thank her for her kindness–his gratitude was all he could offer.

Somehow, though, he thought that was all Jeanne was hoping for. So, today we see that our perception is a reflection of our attitude… Many people today, don’t define it as such. They use their perception for truth based on their attitude at that moment… Choose to be happy… Remember it is a good decision to have a “Great Attitude”!