The following is a guest post by Courtney Phillips.
With so much being discussed about the economy on a daily basis in major media outlets, it can sometimes be difficult to keep a positive attitude. Many people are going to their jobs wondering when the proverbial axe will fall. While there are a great deal of people who don’t find satisfaction with their current careers, many find ways to look beyond the cubicle for inspiration and motivation.
Figure Out What You Love
This may be a time of relative adversity, but necessity is the mother of invention. Economists are noticing trends growing in entrepreneurial fields that were once the domain of mainly business people. As the needs of the public change, the people providing goods and services will no doubt change in kind. Figure out what it is you really love and start working toward making that change.
Think about all of the people out there who’ve lost their means of gainful employment. If you are fortunate enough to still have a job, you should be thankful for that each day. Things could definitely be worse; you could be standing in the unemployment line or looking at a foreclosure notice. Try to keep things positive and be grateful for what you are able to have and do because of the job you have.
Find the Silver Lining
Every time something gets you down in your work day, try to find an aspect of your job that counters the negative. It could be a co-worker’s funky ties or an inside joke at the office. Keep photos of family and friends nearby to help you through the tough spots. For added inspiration, place photos of future vacation destinations or some of the places you’ve visited in the past.
Take a Deep Breath
Deep breathing is always pleasurable because it satisfies one of your body’s most basic needs. Inhale deeply through your lungs while relaxing your diaphragm and then exhale through you mouth slowly for twice as much time. Doing this ten times when stressed can help you to relax and center yourself before going on about your day.
Attitudes are contagious—especially negative ones. Try your very best to maintain a positive attitude and smile often. You will soon see others smiling back and this one gesture can foster a pleasant environment of respect and positivity. Rather than spreading the poison of gossip and negativity, be happy and smile as often as you possibly can. You’ll notice remarkable results when you do.
This post was contributed by Courtney Phillips, who writes about the online colleges rated. She welcomes your feedback at CourtneyPhillips80 at gmail.com
Thanks Courtney! “be happy and smile as often as you possibly can.” is wonderful advice for everyone. It makes life go down so much easier!