attitude-adjustmentEverybody can be a little negative sometimes. Life gets in the way and smiling just seems like far too much effort. Some days it simply feels like nothing's going right. So, basically, it’s pretty easy to slip into a bad mood… and stay there. Your attitude shapes the world around you. It influences the way people feel about you and, importantly, the way you feel about yourself. As Allen Klein famously said, “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that colour your world. Constantly colour your picture grey, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colours to the picture by including humour, and your picture begins to lighten up.” So, when times are tough and you’re finding it difficult to be positive, try these four things. Count your blessings Yes, it’s sounds really cheesy. But it works. Everyone has something to be grateful for. In fact, most people have more than one thing. So make a list to remind yourself of all the good things in your life. Put that list somewhere private where you can see it every day. Whenever you’re feeling down, angry or irritable, remember that list.   Speak to someone who always makes you smile Whether it’s your mom or best friend, there’s probably someone in your life who always makes you feel better. When you’re in a bad mood, you may not want to speak to anyone at all, but force yourself to give that person a call. They’ll cheer you up. Just don’t take your bad attitude out on them. That’ll only make things worse and you’ll have to apologise eventually.   Start a new project that excites you Everyone has something they’ve been wanting to do for a while. It may be a personal artistic project or taking a new course. Whatever it is, now is the time to sign up and start. It’ll give you something to look forward to and think about. So, if you’ve been considering taking communication and presentation skills training courses, then now is the time to do it. Take a day off One of the reasons you may be feeling miserable is work. You don’t have to hate your job for it to occasionally put you in a bad mood. It could be that you’re just overworked and tired. So book a day off to relax and unwind. If you deal with clients on a daily basis, it’s probably best that you take some time to adjust your attitude. It’s better for everyone that way.