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Positive vibrations

What is it about a man or a woman that you meet that makes him or her likable and attractive? In a recent survey by the American Association of Clinical Psychologists, the trait that appealing people have in common, the one thing making them most attractive is a confident, positive attitude. They are upbeat. They are positive. They are easy to be around. We naturally recoil from negative people, from whiners and chronic complainers. An interesting thing about both positive and negative attitudes is that they appear to be contagious among people. Studies in closed, closely working groups have shown that attitudes toward employers and co-workers regarding politics and race can be transmitted among closely associated people. Similarly, a recent study on client relations concerning physicians found that patients were twice as likely to consider their office visits worthwhile if their physician was confident, positive, and empathetic.

How do you come across to your clients and staff? Grouchy? Distracted? Think of the five people you like best. Chances are that the one thing they all have in common is a positive attitude. You feel good after interacting with them. To them a glass half-full is just an opportunity to refill the glass. They aren’t down; they seem in control of their surroundings. They smile and seem to be having fun.

We cannot control our lives and the things that life throws at us. All that we can control is how we respond to life’s challenges and the energy that we create around each situation. Be the positive hub at your hospital. Put some joy and fun back into your work. Compliment co-workers, sympathize with clients, and put yourself in the shoes of others. Make seven people’s days better. It costs nothing to be kind. We choose how we act and how we appear to others. How do you appear? Be Bob Marley! Bounce to sunny rhythms in your heart. Stop being the whiner that reminds everyone of fingernails on a chalkboard!

You are responsible for your own happiness. A positive attitude can be learned and practiced. By focusing on this, you will improve your work environment, the lot of your clients and co-workers, and your enjoyment of your own labors. Do something positive today.

See you next week, Kev

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 Posted 2009-04-22 11:56:02.0
I'm not a vet, I am actually an RN, and I stumbled across your article thanks to a search on Google - your words ring so very true that I am printing this to share with my co-workers! I work on an orthopedic floor, and most days at work I wear many hats - nurse/confessor/babysitter/waitress/cheerleader and more - it can be exhausting to keep that positive attitude...but it is so very worth it! I can't tell you how many times I have seen a very discouraged patient smile and start to feel better about their situation - and in the end, when they are up and walking again and finally get to go home and thank you for all that you have done for them...well, it's just the icing on the cake! Also, you are so right about attitudes being contagious - we work in pretty tight quarters, and all it takes is for one of my co-workers to have a bad night for the rest of us to feel that we are getting sucked right into that vortex of negativity! Happily, I am (and hopefully always will be) a glass is half full kind of person - life is too short, and I want to enjoy every moment of mine! Let's face it, we don't laugh enough as it is - I don't want to spend my life being a cranky, miserable woman! Here's to happiness!!
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