What is Positive Mental Attitude?

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is the right mental attitude in any given set of circumstances. Having a set of standards and not dipping below them – don’t let circumstances change this.

Why is a PMA important?

Your mind is a powerful tool. The mind is so powerful that your mindset can affect your health, your performance on cognitive and physical challenges, your ability to relate to others and how they perceive you, and ultimately your life outcomes.

A positive mental attitude also strengthens your ability to navigate uncertainty and deal with stress. By making a conscious choice to have a positive outlook, you become more resilient and strengthen your mental fitness. This mentality allows you to be more adaptable and overcome difficult situations.

How can a Positive Mental Attitude help in Life and at Work?

Let’s explore why approaching each day at the office with a positive attitude matters:

Increases engagement and performance – Optimistic employees with a positive outlook are more likely to be successful and engaged in their work. A study found that employees are more likely to give their best effort toward a task and feel happier at work when they adopt an optimistic mindset.

Allows you to build stronger relationships – Smiling, bringing your whole self to work and uplifting your teammates or employees will help build stronger connections and foster an inclusive work environment. Good work relationships increase job satisfaction and contribute to a stronger company culture.

Helps you overcome challenges – Positive employees make stress work for them and are in control of their circumstances. Their resilience and optimism increase their performance and stamina. This is especially true during high-pressure situations.

Check out our latest Stress Awareness article for tips for reducing workplace stress and developing a positive mental attitude.

Here are some benefits a positive change in attitude can have for your life:

Gives you a happier life – Looking on the brighter side of life and going down the road with an eagerness brings out the best in you. You can also share your good vibes with other people, you never know how far a little kindness can go for a stranger.

Amazing health benefitsPhysically, it strengthens your body, boosts your immune system, speeds up disease recovery, and reduces the risk of a heart attack. Mentally, when you have a positive attitude, you are more alert, have less stress, and are at a lower risk of depression and other mental health problems.

More energy – When you are positive you wake up ready to do your best and enjoy the day. With more energy more can be done, channel it into your work, relationships, or hobbies. It also helps you focus and have more enthusiasm.

How do I have and maintain a Positive Mental Attitude?

Positivity is not just about being happy, which is often the misconception. In fact, acknowledging a range of emotions is healthy. It is sitting with your feelings, accepting what is, holding on to what makes you happy, and finding purpose in pain.

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You can also actively adopt:

Optimism – a willingness to make an effort and take a chance instead of assuming your efforts won’t pay off.

Acceptance – acknowledging that things don’t always turn out how you want them to but learning from your mistakes.

Resilience – bouncing back from adversity, disappointment, and failure instead of giving up.

Gratitude – actively, continuously appreciating the good things in your life.

Mindfulness – dedicating the mind to conscious awareness and enhancing the ability to focus.

Integrity – the trait of being honourable, righteous, and straightforward, instead of deceitful and self-serving.

You can also check out:

  • Positive Thinking Quotes
  • Daily affirmations and how to create your own
  • TED Talk videos
  • If you’re more of a fan of books than videos, you can find some recommendations here

Avoid Toxic Positivity

Avoid the white-knuckling type of positivity where you don’t acknowledge your struggles or pain. You don’t just want to tell yourself to move on because that equates to repression. Instead of telling yourself to move on, let your emotions lead to a breakthrough that helps you cope with the changes in life.

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Remember – Acknowledge, Schedule, and Reset.

Check out our Safeguarding Page for services and organisations which can help you work towards a Positive Mental Attitude.