Editor's note: The next three Daily Prism posts will feature an excerpt for a daily contemplation on how to be a happier person. The original essay posted in Thrive Global, is based on a quote from the late Muhammed Ali:
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Why should it matter whether or not you think you live in a good or bad world? For starters, it helps to put things into perspective. When you internalize every roadblock or mistake as a reflection of the broader world, you’ll end up interpreting more and more things as negative events. But when you look at things positively, you’ll enjoy your day more.
Plus, the people around you can sense your attitude as well. From the barista taking your drink order to the client you’re meeting at the coffee shop, people are either drawn or repelled to you based on your outlook on life. Marilyn Suttle, president of Suttle Enterprises, says, “When you give appreciation in order to get something, it’s manipulation and people can sense it. Appreciate genuinely.”
Get into this habit by waking up in the morning and saying what you’re looking forward to that day. In the evening, consciously think about what you are grateful for from the day’s events. Once you get into the practice of being truly grateful for what you have, you’ll naturally attract more success to your life.