Thanks to miracle attitudes, life fulfillment may be virtually guaranteed. They make you feel fulfilled no matter what is happening around you — unlike with “ordinary” positive attitudes. Miracle attitudes also have the bonus of being interchangeable, meaning you can move from one to another and discover which is most appropriate for each situation. Three types of attitude will be discussed here: gratitude, compassion and hope. At the end of this article, we will give a list of attitude quotations that can also be uplifting.
The three attitudes
No matter what your external situation, you can always find something for which to be thankful because things can always be worse. Gratitude for what you have or how fortunate you are can cure bad moods instantly. Once you realize you can be grateful, your spirits rise and you look at life differently. There are few, if any, circumstances in which the attitude gratitude is not an option.
Does being continually grateful make you an unrealistic fool? Some people feel that it will blind them to reality, but on the contrary, gratitude helps you be more open about how you face reality. You can find something for which to be grateful in even the worst situations and feel good while solving the problems around you.
I cannot think of a single situation that compassion would not improve. Compassion, indeed, may be the universal salve and is always available. Even Victor Frankl, whose whole family was murdered by Nazis and who suffered torture for years in a concentration camp, found compassion in the darkness of his days. He refused to even judge his captors, compassion for whom gave him freedom and strength.
Compassion is the ability to place yourself in someone else’s shoes, see him as a person and understand his plight. Your inner self thus moves towards love and acceptance, as opposed to resentment and resistance. Compassion is not a behavior, but an attitude. You do not need to be agreeable to be compassionate; you need only understand and sympathize. You can defend your rights, say no, decline respectfully and even lead an all-out rebellion — all while maintaining compassion.
Hope is special in that you can muster it regardless of outside circumstances. Even without faith, belief or evidence, you can still have hope.
However, hope is useful, not just when the odds are against you, but when everything is going well. It will put you in the mental state needed to guarantee greater fulfillment. Self-sabotage — the opposite of these miracle attitudes — steers you away from happiness and causes you to choose the least healthy option.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” —Victor Frankl
“The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.” —Richard Feynman
“Hope is a walking dream.” —Aristotle
By: Joshua Eden