Thursday, May 05, 2011

Positive Attitude

More than 100 years ago, author Robert Louis Stevenson offered the following tips for maintaining a positive attitude. They still apply today.

* Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

* Make the best of your circumstances. Everyone has problems. The trick is to make laughter outweigh the tears.

* Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall others.

* You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.

* Don't let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.

* Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.

* Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary burdens are harder to bear than the actual ones.

* Hate poisons the soul, so don't carry grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.

* Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.

* Don't hold post-mortems. Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.

* Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

* Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.