Our choice of attitude can decide the outcome of our life. Negative thoughts have no power unless we empower them. We can effectively fight negative thoughts my keeping a list of positive affirmations and keep on repeating them when negative thoughts strike us. Here are some thoughts for conquering negative attitude derived from a forwarded email.

Jerome K. Jerome was a British writer whose father died when he was 12, and at 14 he had to go to work to support his mother and sister. His life got even harder when his mother died, but after many different jobs, the end result was that he became a writer—not of sad stories, but a famous humorist, writing funny stories to encourage others. After such a hard beginning in life, he said, “It is from the struggle, not the victory, that we gain strength.” --Maria Fontaine

There is enough good and bad in everyone’s life—ample sorrow and happiness, sufficient joy and pain—to find a rational basis for either optimism or pessimism. We can choose to laugh or cry, bless or curse. It’s our decision from which perspective do we want to view life.  Shall we look up in hope or down in despair?

An optimistic attitude is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. The way we look at life will determine how we feel, how we perform, and how well we get along with other people. Conversely, negative thoughts, attitudes, and expectations feed on themselves; they become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Pessimism creates a dismal place where no one wants to live. The only thing more powerful than negativism is a positive affirmation.—Rich DeVos, co-founder of the U.S.-based firm Amway and owner of NBA Orlando Magic

If we want to have a change in attitude, let us ask the Lord to show us the good side, the beneficial side, the favorable side, the positive side of the situations. For everything that happens in the life of a Christian, there is a reason, and there is help from Above.

So if we feel we are getting swamped with negative thoughts, that we can’t help but think in a despairing, hopeless way, let us ask the Lord to show us the “upside” of the things that are happening to us.

The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Do you love God? Then that promise is for you!

For you, He can turn bad to good and help you find the silver lining in any cloud He allows to overshadow you. So don’t let those clouds stay there for long! Look for the good, and God will help you find it.—David Brandt Berg

Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice.—The Bible, Philippians 4:4


There are things and circumstances that we can not change but we can change our attitude towards them. Maintaining positive attitude paves the way to solving difficult problems.