Attitude The Person You Portray Is What People Think of You

When you are checking out at the grocery store and the cashier is rude, not smiling, and just hands you your change back without saying “Thank you”, how does that make you feel? You probably leave the store in somewhat of a bad attitude. This tends to stick with you so when you get home the experience you had at the grocery store spills over into your family life. Your spouse gets infected; your kids get infected and before you know it, the whole family is sharing the bad attitude that you were infected with from that one cashier.

Now let me change the scenario; let’s say you are the one in a bad mood at the checkout line and the cashier began ringing up your items. While she was doing this, she was smiling and asking how you are. She then asks if you need any help out with your groceries, hands you your change by counting it back to you and then says, “Have a good night.” More likely than not, your bad attitude will soften and you will leave the store feeling better than when you came in.

An attitude is a display of an emotion; be it bad, good, sad, excited, etc. It is also infectious as the example above shows. Every person is responsible for their own attitude as well as how they respond to another person’s. In the first example, had the shopper stopped and offered a kind word or a smile to the cashier, this might have changed the entire outcome of the situation. The way we display our attitude for the entire world to see can mean the difference between somebody having a bad day or a good day; it’s all about how you control and manipulate the attitudes of others.

The attitude you have is not only visible upon your face or in your actions, it’s also revealed in your tone of voice. If you’ve ever spoken to somebody whom is having an off day and their attitude is on the bad side, you can hear that in their voice. It makes you want to end the call as quickly as possible. On the other hand, if you are speaking to someone who is in a good mood, you can hear that resonate in the words they speak. You find yourself smiling as you feel the person on the other end of the line is smiling as well.

Your attitude not only affects you but it also affects those around you. If you go into work in a bad mood that is going to spread like wild-fire unless somebody puts out the flames before it’s too late. It is imperative to understand that you, yourself, are in control of your emotions and the attitude you display. You can let somebody ruin your day by their bad mood or you can turn the tables on them and help change their attitude by simply offering a smile, a chance to talk, or just letting them know they are important. An attitude is a powerful tool that can be used for both positive and negative effects.

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