“Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.” ― Charles F. Glassman. Our beliefs and perceptions about life control how we interpret events and happenings around us, and ultimately determines our attitude. Our success and growth depend on how we behave with others and how we reflect our attitude to others. One can achieve anything and everything just by developing a positive attitude. The power of positive thinking is so intense that it can impress and influence everything and everybody. One can sail through the ups and downs of life smoothly just by virtue of positive thinking and a positive attitude. So as parents, it is our responsibility to instill positivity in our children to set them one step ahead in the journey of life. It becomes easier for us when we embrace positivity in all spheres of life and deal with positive and optimistic people frequently.
BENEFITS OF DEVELOPING POSITIVE ATTITUDE:
If we develop a positive attitude towards life, it makes us happier and more content with whatever life has offered to us. It reduces our stress level, and mental illness can’t affect us. Generally, people with a positive attitude make the right decisions in life and become happier with their works and relations. Inevitably, they become more successful in life than others. On the other hand, people like to be surrounded by positive people and want to spend time with them. Not only that, our positive thinking spreads a positive vibe all around, and our neighborhood and surroundings become happy and beautiful. Smaller things and incidents can’t act as an obstacle to our happiness. If our children grow a positive attitude from an early age, they will be well-equipped to face the challenges of life with strength, courage, and hope.
HOW TO DEVELOP POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN CHILDREN:
BE THE ROLE MODEL OF POSITIVITY AND GRATEFULNESS:
By maintaining positivity in our daily activities and behaviors, we can influence our children to develop positive thinking. To live a happy and successful life, we should avoid any kind of negativity. When we behave with people around us with respect and appreciate everyone for his contribution, it sends a positive message to the young minds. Expressing gratefulness for every small thing that makes us happy is a great way to instill positivity in our children. Once they grow up humble and grateful, optimism and positivity regulate their behaviors.
USE POSITIVE LANGUAGE:
We should not use negative words to anybody to nurture positivity within us as well as our children. Complaining about others or make other persons or things responsible for our mistakes or failures teach our children negativity. By emphasizing the strengths instead of criticizing their weaknesses or failures, we can strengthen the foundation of positivity in our children. We should always appreciate the effort they have made to accomplish a particular job. A positive attitude is contagious, and we should interpret an unpleasant person or incident in a positive light. Try to mix with positive people as much as possible.
If we contribute financially to the benefit of needy people or dedicate our time or skill to the well-being of our society, our children learn to think for others. Making a difference in other’s life gives us a great feeling, and our attitude towards our own problems changes. Our children start to think that around us there are people who are in much more trouble, and it inspires them to see their problems in a new light. Consequently, they grow a positive attitude towards life and people. Therefore, we have to involve them in some charities from an early age.
GIVE SOME AGE-APPROPRIATE RESPONSIBILITIES:
We all feel good about ourselves when we perform a task successfully. A child feels competent and confident when we appreciate his accomplishment. Assign some jobs to the little ones and praise them if they complete in time. If we give them credit for something or praise them, they can realize their self-worth. Being aware of one’s self-worth is a prerequisite of gaining a positive attitude.
ENCOURAGE NEW ACTIVITIES:
We should recognize our children’s strengths and give them opportunities to nourish them. When we encourage them to proceed further in their areas of interest, it helps them in developing a positive attitude. Trying new things to improve their resilience and confidence and promote positive thinking.
Maintaining a positive attitude is not so easy for us as it is our natural tendency to give more attention to negative or bad things than positive things. We can start by thinking positively and creating a positive environment around us. A positive environment at home created with our love and care inspires our children to believe in their abilities. Our unconditional love and support help them to deal with all the negativities and contribute to developing a positive outlook on life.