Do you know someone who walks around with a smile on their face, a skip in their step, and for some crazy reason, they seem super happy? They are the people who seem to soar through life, no matter what hits them, they remain positive in all circumstances.

Then there are the grumpy people with heads hung low and scowls covering their smiles. They are always questioning everything and pointing out the negative in any situation. They are the ones who believe life is out to get them and if something bad is going to happen, it will definitely happen to them.

It’s all about attitude! Attitude is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Positivity is a choice. It’s time to stop being grumpy with a face full of scowls and turn that frown upside down! Here’s how you can change your attitude and do that.

Change Your Reactions to Problems

For some, when a problem arises the first thoughts that come to their mind are all negative. How bad the result is going to be or how hard the process is going to get, it’s going to come with super negativity.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. They aren’t responsible for how others react and shouldn’t feel like they need to bear that burden. They are only responsible for their own reactions. The power is in our own hands to flip a situation, a problem, from negative to positive.

Charles R. Swindoll has a phenomenal quote – “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Here is an example of a problem that may arise and their attitude. Two people are going on a picnic. The negative person may say, ‘It’s probably going to rain this weekend, so the picnic plans are ruined.’ The happy person might say, ‘It could rain this weekend, but I have a backup plan to move the picnic indoors if it does.’

Change Everyday Language

Sometimes the first thing that we say dictates the feeling of not only how we feel about something, but when others hear it they end up taking on the same attitude. By habit, many people automatically speak negatively. Altering their words before they enter the environment, also changes the way the brain processes things. Eventually, positivity and happiness will be their first thoughts in any given situation.

Change of Setting

Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results will drive someone mad. Making the leap to a happier disposition also includes our surroundings. People spend a great deal of time working, therefore the workplace should be a positive environment.

The more positive changes made, the less likely one is to see the negative. This includes our friends. It will become very apparent who carries a chip on their shoulder and who is more pleasant to be around. To continue relishing in the happy attitude, it’s important to surround ourselves with people, places, and things offering the same happy attitude and vibe.

Be Grateful

There is always something to be grateful for, even in the darkest of times. When life gets us down it’s important to remember and reflect on the things for which we are grateful. Even the smallest of things that we tend to take for granted. The shoes on our feet, the clothes in our closets, the food in the panty.

In addition, it’s helpful to give back. Help others reach their goals. Volunteering is a fantastic way to remind ourselves how we are truly blessed.

There is always room for improvement in anyone’s life. When we take on a more positive and happy attitude, it makes a huge difference in how we view ourselves and the world. Tasks don’t seem so daunting and cumbersome. We take more joy in everyday tasks and find it easy to point out the good traits in others.

A smile goes a long way and it feels good to be happy!