The power of a positive attitude

A positive attitude invokes a mental and emotional state characterised by optimism, enthusiasm, and a constructive outlook on life. It involves focusing on the “brighter side”, looking for solutions rather than dwelling on problems, and approaching challenges with resilience and determination. A positive attitude can have a deep impact on various aspects of life, including personal well-being, relationships, and success in different ventures. It is a mindset that allows us to approach life’s ups and downs with grace and positivity.

The team here at Character Builder’s recognises the importance of positivity throughout each program we create and facilitate, and we understand how we show up, once again can affect each life we interact with. We touched on the ripple affect/ Dominoes activity briefly in the blog last fortnight about empathy, and we acknowledge that each Character Strength has that ability to “rub off” on another.

Creating a positive attitude and mindset is important for our personal growth and well-being. So, how can we work on creating a positive attitude for ourselves in our every day lives?

Practice gratitude:

One of the most effective ways to develop a positive mindset is by practicing gratitude. Take a few moments each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for. This could be as simple as appreciating a beautiful sunset or expressing gratitude for the people in your life. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you can shift your mindset towards a more optimistic outlook. At Character Builders, we deliver a form of gratitude in our “Big Ups” activity. This is something that Director and Founder, Damon Joseph established and is a part of every program we deliver and has had the affect go greater than just in the school yard.

Surround yourself with positive influences:

The people we surround ourselves with have a significant impact on our mindset. Imagine being surrounded by people that cannot see anything good with the world or what surrounds them. Imagine how that would make you feel? Now imagine you are surrounded by people who are positive and happy with their world and what surrounds them, and they always are smiling and happy. How would that make you feel to be immersed in that with them? The objective really is to seek out individuals who radiate positivity and optimism. Engage in conversations that uplift and inspire you. By surrounding yourself with positive influences, you can adopt their mindset and perspective.

Challenge negative thoughts:

Your mind matters and what you speak to yourself is very important. Negative thoughts or negative self-talk can hinder your ability to maintain a positive attitude. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively, challenge those thoughts. Ask yourself if there is an alternative perspective or a more positive way to interpret the situation. Reframing negative thoughts can help you shift your mindset towards a more positive outlook. Your mind is your most powerful tool!

Practice self-care:

Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is crucial for cultivating a positive mindset. Make sure to prioritize activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Engage in regular exercise, eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep, and engage in activities that bring you fulfillment. When you take care of yourself, you are more likely to approach life with a positive attitude.

Set realistic goals:

We touched on Goal Setting in our first newsletter and blog of 2024 and have some great tools within the blog, as well as resources that we can deliver to your next program. Setting goals can provide you with a sense of purpose and motivation. However, it is important to set realistic and achievable goals. When you set unattainable goals, it can lead to frustration and negativity. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and celebrate your progress along the way. This will help you maintain a positive attitude as you work towards achieving your goals. Also, do not forget to celebrate the success of others achieving goals too as this will bring yourself a flow on affect!

Practice positive self-talk:

The way you talk to yourself has a significant impact on your mindset. Replace self-criticism and negative self-talk with positive affirmations and self-compassion. Remind yourself of your strengths, accomplishments, and potential. By practicing positive self-talk, you can rewire your brain to focus on the positive aspects of yourself and your life. Writing daily positive affirmations that speak clearly of what you are capable of, your strengths and your skillset can be extremely uplifting, even if just one affirmation a day.

Remember, developing a positive attitude and mindset is a journey that requires consistent effort and practice. Be patient with yourself and embrace the process. Like getting up every morning, going to the gym or eating your lunch, forming the positive habit of healthy mindset and practices will soon become a normal everyday activity for you and will continue you on your growth journey.

The power of having a positive attitude is truly remarkable. Remember, it can have a deep impact on various aspects of our lives, including our mental and physical well-being, relationships, and overall success. 

Mental and Emotional Well-being:

A positive attitude can greatly improve our mental and emotional well-being. When we maintain a positive mindset, we are more likely to experience happiness, optimism, and resilience. This allows us to better cope with stress, overcome challenges, and maintain a balanced perspective even in difficult situations.

Physical Health:

Research has shown that a positive attitude can have a positive effect on our physical health. Studies suggest that individuals with a positive outlook tend to have lower levels of stress hormones (cortisol), reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, stronger immune systems, and faster recovery from illnesses. A positive attitude can also contribute to adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise and a balanced diet.


A positive attitude can enhance our relationships with others. When we approach interactions with positivity, we are more likely to attract and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships. Positivity can improve communication, foster empathy, and create a supportive and harmonious environment. It also helps in resolving conflicts and building stronger connections with others.

Success and Achievement:

Having a positive attitude can significantly impact our success and achievement in various areas of life. When we believe in ourselves and approach challenges with optimism, we are more likely to persevere, take risks, and pursue our goals with determination. A positive mindset enables us to see opportunities in setbacks, learn from failures, and maintain a resilient attitude, which ultimately leads to personal and professional growth.

Influence and Inspiration:

A positive attitude can be contagious and inspiring to others. When we radiate positivity, we have the power to uplift and motivate those around us. Our positive energy can inspire others to adopt a similar mindset, leading to a ripple effect of positivity in our communities and beyond.

What are some things you do to support your positive outlook, mindset, and attitude?

If the team here at Character Builders can support you, your school, students, or workplace with resources or programs to inspire positive attitudes, we would love to help!

We can deliver this through Incursions, Excursions, Camps, Retreats and Personal or Professional Development programs that are tailored specifically and we also have our newly constructed and purpose-built Conference Centre that is available to host events such as leadership and team building.

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