Things don’t always go as planned. Never fear! You can snap out of a sour attitude with these genius tips for how to have a positive attitude, no matter what.

By Jessica Migala
July 26, 2018

When something difficult happens and you end up feeling more dark and stormy, you may think your day is destroyed. But guess what: “It’s normal to experience negative emotions. They’re not bad or wrong; they’re giving you important information,” says Rachel Hershenberg, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University and author of Activating Happiness. Listening to what your feelings are telling you—that you need to give yourself a break, enjoy quality time with a loved one, or be heard and appreciated—can help you take action to mentally feel much lighter. That’s why having a set of lift-yourself-up tactics in your tool belt is key for tackling problems big and small. A few (fast) ideas for how to have a positive attitude, even in the most frustrating situations:

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