The Attitude Factor


I take issue with the happiness movement as an end goal and I wrote about this on Huffington Post. I instead believe that a life well lived is one of contentment, fulfilled with deeper meaning and purpose. When we infuse our lives with meaning then our attitudes boost with a positive outlook.

Who says everything turns out exactly as you plan? When it feels like nothing’s getting any better, we can always lower our expectations.  I’m just kidding about that! In truth, I say keep a positive muttitude, no matter what. Is your glass half full or half empty?

glass half fullIt’s a fact.  How you think, and what you believe, can impact everything you do.  I’m a witness to that. You can read about my prison-to-poetry mutt credits here.

If you want to boost your Attitude Factor, it’s simple to start. All you have to do is practice at least one of the following once a day:

  • Pay attention to the littlest mutts of all, and remember that one good deed leads to another, also known as karma, in Buddhism, mitzvah in Judaism.
  • Rejoice in your mutt-ificient self, and use your gifts to go good things.

We all know it’s true that the better you can make other people feel about themselves, the more they want to be around you. Who wouldn’t?

weakest linkIf a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, then what if we acted in less mutt-serving ways and committed to help everybody reach their ultimate potential? Even if it means empowering others to become better than us.

Bring Out the Best in Others

Pay attention to even your smallest thoughts.  They will either promote or prevent the growth of those around you. Choose to be the type of mutt who inspires others to become better and brighter.

Instead of looking for what’s missing, or what’s wrong, look for what’s positive.  And when you make a conscious choice to expect the best from others, you’ll probably get it back.  Notice it everywhere, from mutt friends and family members, the doorman, officemates, service people.

Thought for the day: Families, companies, communities, and worlds are only as strong as their weakest mutts. Encourage other mutts (and those unrelated, also) and become an instrument of inspiration.

Expect the best in everything, but don’t be surprised if the outcome is otherwise.  There are muttfuls of possibilities in the world, so be prepared for whatever comes your way.

I always take action with my Attitude Factor, and you can boost yours, too. We each do this in our own way, but no matter what, life is only as good as we believe it to be.

I’ll provide more tools for your Attitude Factor in future posts.

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About Deborah Jiang Stein
Speaker and writer. I'm an advocate for personal transformation, and tour prisons across the country as a speaker as well as keynote in conferences and other events. Memoir in the works, along with a story collection.

One Response to The Attitude Factor

  1. Very positive and inspirational read. Sometimes we need to reminded of some of the basic principles of life that contribute to our happiness

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