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Viken Mikaelian CEO

Viken Mikaelian CEO

Majorgifts.com LLC

Checklist for Keeping a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude doesn’t happen on its own. A positive attitude is the result of your beliefs, expectations, habits, and focus. A positive mental attitude can have a positive impact on your relationships, creativity, career, and overall enjoyment. You’re more capable when you feel good and have high expectations.

Use a checklist to help you maintain your positive attitude:


 Take a smile with you everywhere you go. 

Smiles are free, feel good, and can lift your mood. Science has shown that your physiology and body can lead your emotions. Smiling can enhance your mood and your outlook on the future.

 Create a morning routine that focuses on happiness.

You have a morning routine to get yourself cleaned up and out the door on time. Build a routine that boosts your attitude too. Consider the things that fill you with feeling of positivity.

  • Take a walk.
  • Read something inspiring.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Listen to inspiring music.


 Ask yourself optimistic questions.

Questions change your focus. Ask positive questions and you’ll receive positive answers.

  • What’s great about this situation?
  • How can I use this to my advantage?
  • Whom do I love?

 Spend time with others who have positive attitudes.

It’s challenging to maintain a better attitude than the people you spend time with. Seek out others with a positive attitude and spend as much time with them as you can.

 Create a gratitude list.

It’s easy to focus on what you don’t have in life. Change your focus and remind yourself of all the great things you already have. Each morning and evening, rattle off a list of the people, things, and experiences that make you feel grateful.

 Think happy thoughts.

Left to its own devices, your mind will run wild, and you’re bound to think negative thoughts some of the time. Remember that you can control your thoughts. Keep them positive.

 Make exciting plans.

It’s easier to be happy when you have a few exciting things planned for the near future. Planning a trip to Paris would be nice, but simple things work well, too. Looking forward to a trip to the movies or the spa with a friend can make the week more enjoyable. Have something you can look forward to each week.

 Remember happy memories.

When you’re feeling down, remember some of the successes and good times you’ve had. Five minutes remembering positive experiences can get your attitude back on track. What is your happiest memory from childhood? From the last five years?

Enjoy the simple things.

Many of the simple things are the most meaningful. Playing with your dog outside or taking your child out for an ice cream cone can lift your spirits. Enjoy the simple things you do each day.

Change your expectations.

Part of unhappiness comes from unreasonable expectations. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Sure, you’ll have many easy days. But you can decide to find happiness in the challenging days, too. What you consider to be a “good” day or a “bad” day is influenced by your expectations.

Do something nice, anonymously.

It can be thrilling to do something nice for someone without their knowledge. Mow your neighbor’s grass or send someone flowers. Give a gift card to the elderly couple down the street. Do something and keep your involvement a secret.


Go over this checklist each day and check off the items you accomplished. Soon, these activities will become a habit – and so will your positive attitude!

By the Numbers

Consider the recruitment opportunities for your organization that these stats indicate:

  • About 63 million Americans (25% of the adult population) volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.
  • These people spend an average of 52 hours/year volunteering.
  • 72% of volunteers are involved with only one organization, while 18.3% are involved with two.

Random interesting stats presented monthly from various sources.