How to Lose a Bad Attitude

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How to Lose a Bad Attitude
A bad attitude causes others to think you are not a team player. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A bad attitude makes you seem uncooperative and negative to family members, friends and acquaintances, particularly if it is habitual. This may result in losing friends and having people avoid you. Also, you may appear to be antagonistic to your employer. Changing your bad attitude and replacing it with a more positive way of thinking is just like developing any other virtuous habit. It takes persistence, planning and effort.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Listen to your subconscious thoughts that are negative or combative. Work on changing your attitude before speaking. For instance, instead of thinking and saying, "That will never work," change that to "Well, I'm not sure if that will work or not, but I'm willing to give it my best effort."

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    Involve yourself with positive people who have sunny dispositions. If you spend more time with positive people, their attitudes will rub off on you.

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    Spend time helping others and volunteering your services for charitable organisations, your church or other groups. Doing this type of activity gives you a feeling of value. You most likely will reap more from the experience than the effort you give. It also gives you an attitude of gratitude to be around people who are less fortunate than you.

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    Count your blessings each morning before work and make it the last thing you do at night. If you learn to appreciate the small things in life, such as a toddler's laughter, a bird's song or a butterfly in your flower garden, it eventually helps you lose your bad attitude.

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    Love your friends, family and coworkers for their honourable traits. Concentrating on the positive aspects of their personalities rather than their weaknesses enables you to develop a positive attitude.

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    Ask your loved ones and true friends to point out to you when you are exhibiting a poor attitude. Explain to them that the bad attitude is hard for you to recognise at times since it is a habit with you. Ask them to hold you accountable and to gently point out the body language and words that display your bad attitude.

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    Smile at someone with whom you normally don't get along or with whom you often have differing opinions. A smile is contagious and helps you have a more positive attitude; you will see it reflected back to you. The act of smiling releases a "feel good" chemical in your brain called serotonin. It naturally enables you to have a better and more positive mindset when you share it with others.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask yourself why you have such a bad attitude, then make changes in your life, whether it is in your job, a relationship or where you live. When you are basically unhappy, it is difficult to have a positive mindset. Even making small changes can have a large impact on your attitude.

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