I went grocery shopping today with Papa. He is my father-in-law and, for the past several years, my Sunday agenda has included a trip to at least one grocery store with him. I saw this sign at Publix today and I just knew that I would be writing about it later so I took a picture of it.
For $2.50, I can get a Fresh Attitude and, for $5.00, I can get two of them. There are assorted varieties of Fresh Attitude so I can select the one I want. They come in 5 ounce containers so I don’t think they will last me very long.
I had to laugh as I thought more about Fresh Attitude. I didn’t even know what it was. I had never heard of a vegetable called Attitude. Can you buy frozen Attitude as well? What is the growing season for Attitude? I assume that Attitude is worth zero points on the Weight Watchers program.
I decided not to buy a Fresh Attitude. Even though I could save 98 cents, it wasn’t worth the price. After all, I can get a new attitude any time I want and I don’t have to pay for it. I’ve been working on my new attitude for the last several days but I have a long history of success when it comes to changing my attitude. I know the secret to changing my attitude. I have practiced using this secret many times in my life and it never fails me. Do you want to know the secret? Well, just sent me $19.99, subscribe to my newsletter, like me on Facebook, buy my 24-CD program, and…. Just kidding.
Here is the secret, for free, my gift to you. The secret is gratitude.
When I feel like I need a boost, all I have to do is be grateful. There are so many things to be grateful for. All I have to do is think of one of them and I smile. My breathing slows down, my anxiety decreases, my confidence increases, my mood improves. A few years ago, I was training for a marathon. On many of my training runs, my body would feel pain and tell me to stop running. That would trigger my brain to decide to stop running. My attitude would become one of giving up, of failure. And then I would think of my family and how proud I am of them. Or I would realize how amazing it is that I am training for a marathon after all these years of inactivity. I would even sing my college fight song to myself and recall my wonderful years in the Michigan Band. Suddenly, the pain was gone and I felt like I could keep going. Not only that, I wanted to keep going. There was no way I was going to stop. My gratitude changed my attitude.
According to Psychology Today, we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy. So don’t run out to the grocery store to buy Fresh Attitude. And, don’t buy any more self-help books to learn how to change your attitude. The power is within each of us. Be grateful and get a fresh attitude.