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Off the Record

Keeping a positive attitude is tough

The simplest thing to do is complain: it's too hot, it's too cold, I'm too tired, I'm too wired and can't sleep.

It's so easy to be negative.

What about changing our mindset? This is the hardest feat I've yet to conquer.

But the few times I've managed to peek into positivity, things seem to turn out for the better.

Usually, like smiling, keeping a positive attitude can lower your heart rate, especially in times of great despair. It keeps you clam and level-headed.

It's not to say that investing into positivity in tough times will always produce a desirable outcome. But at least you'll have the sunny side of life on your side.

It's easier to see additional options out of your predicament, if you're not so focused on the bad.

Think good, not bad. That's the advice I have to tell myself every day.

I think this quest for a positive attitude is my own personal journey of "self actualization." That theory comes from Abraham Maslow. He says that it's one's personal journey to "arrive." This person on a journey is never stagnant and is always seeking to become a better person.

I'd like to think that is who I am, always seeking to better myself. But for now, trying to keep a positive attitude is a good start.

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