Attitude Says it All

Company Culture, Opinions Posted Mar 27, 2015 by Kayla Krause

People watching is my favorite hobby (well, other than playing the keyboard, which requires actual effort.) People watching is easy, and you can do it anywhere – walking to the store, eating lunch at a deli, sitting on the train… the possibilities are endless. The other day I was people watching on my walk to work and I noticed that most of the people I encountered were either sad or irritated. Then I tried something different; rather than just passively observing people, I started smiling at them. You’d be amazed at how many people smiled back. Some seemed surprised, others perplexed, at the young woman smiling at 7:30 in the morning. Maybe they thought I was little crazy but hey, it’s all about attitude. Right?

Think about when you get your coffee in the morning; isn’t it nice when the Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts cashier says good morning and asks you how you are? Given how busy coffee shops can get in the morning it doesn’t happen as often as it should, but when people actually make an effort to care about others, that positive attitude can make a difference. I’ve gone down to Atlanta and Durham where things are a little more laid-back than in Boston and New York City. It’s nice when you stop at a gas station and end up having a ten minute conversation with the attendant about how you are and what you should do while you’re in the area.

A positive attitude doesn’t require that level of effort, but even in the craziness that can characterize life in Boston, a little goes a long way. For instance, say you’re at a networking event; would you rather start a conversation with someone who’s smiling and looking like they’re having a good time or with the person sulking in the corner? You don’t have to be the most outgoing or obnoxiously happy and loud person in the room. All it takes is a positive outlook on the situation and you’re more likely to end up engaged in good conversation.

Yes…it’s been a crappy winter. We’re all at the limits of our patience waiting for the warm weather to get here and for the MBTA to get its act together. But since we’re all in the same boat let’s try to make it a more enjoyable ride rather than add to the misery. Who knows, you could end up making a friend by the time the train arrives.

Even when you’re in a familiar environment, such as work, having a positive attitude can make you and your colleagues happier. I realize not every day is picture perfect. Life happens and sometimes you forget to look up from what you’re doing, you get caught up in the email you just received or the meeting that’s on your schedule later in the day. Everything blurs together and becomes so routine that we grow accustomed to it and don’t even realize what’s going on around us.

It may seem easier said than done, and you can call me crazy, but with a positive attitude and a little optimism, your day could be just a little bit brighter. And who knows – cue the corniness – maybe it’ll bring some brighter sunshine and warmer weather too. So here’s to saying goodbye to bad ‘tudes and wishing the winter blues away. Bring it on spring. We’re ready, positive vibes and all.

Listening to this song should certainly get you in the mood…I know it works for us here at CHEN PR 🙂