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Attitudes are Contagious… Is Yours Worth Catching?

Psychologists agree that our attitudes and outlooks are contagious to others.  This is often referred to as emotional contagion, meaning we can “catch” the moods of people with whom we associate.  While both good moods and bad moods are contagious, bad moods are proven to be much more contagious.  Yikes!!

Our attitudes are one of our most important assets.  And… we have total control over our attitudes.  We cannot control what happens to us but the attitude we choose in response to our circumstances is what determines the depth of our character as well as the quality of our lives and relationships.

Beware of the happiness vampire!  This is the person who can and will suck the happiness right out of you if you let them.  Bad attitudes affect work relationships, friendships, marriages, family life, as well as bank balance.

As a former HR executive my famous mantra was, “Hire on attitude, train on skill.” In other words, it is much easier to teach a tangible skill than to “train to” or teach a positive attitude.  Most times, you either have it or you don’t.   And a person with negative thought patterns and poor attitudes must not only make the changes in themselves, they must first desire to change.  No amount of hoping on your part can make this decision for them.

Our next post will discuss where our attitudes come from.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms… to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”               — Victor E. Frankl

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Judy W Bell

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