Early in my professional career I often told the athletic teams I coached that "Attitudes are contagious."
I believe that more strongly now than I did then (after several decades of observation).
Regardless of our status or role, we most certainly have an impact on the attitude, the perspective, the mindset of others. That impact can enrich and improve their day, and ours. Or it can be an energy deflator. WE get to choose.
My lovely bride of 45 years (Moe) and I often reminded our daughters as we were raising them of the following: "You can be unhappy if you want. Just remember, nobody else cares -- much."
What are some ways we can be contagious in a positive way?
- Smile - for some reason, or no reason
- Listen - with real interest
- Be thankful - and express it
- Engage - connect with others authentically
- Care - and show it
- Serve - to make things better