Positive Mental Attitude: Top 11 Tips!

Positive mental attitude, or PMA, has been defined as  “The right mental attitude… comprised of the ‘plus’ characteristics symbolized by such words as faith, integrity, hope, optimism, courage, initiative, generosity, tolerance, tact, kindliness and good common sense” (Napoleon and Stone, 1987).  

Needing a bit more PMA myself, I sought advice from a good friend, Megan Giglia. Not a conversation goes by without Megan demonstrating PMA.  Here are her Top Eleven Tips for achieving PMA (with such a high level of PMA, she was unable to stick to the traditional ten!).

11 Ways to Achieve PMA:

    1. See the positive and smile at the littlest of things.

    2. Appreciate and make the most of friendships.

    3. Acknowledge random strangers in the street.

    4. Listen to happy music.

    5. Do something that scares you every day.

    6. Have a goal in life.

    7. Make a ‘bucket list’ to achieve throughout your life and give yourself achievable deadlines (i.e. 30 things to do before you’re 30).

    8. Find someone special and share your life with them.

    9. Acknowledge that there is always someone worse off, no matter how dire your situation is.

    10. Always end everything on a positive, be that a job contract, relationship, or something else.

    11. Do something for YOU as well as others and never, ever forget yourself.

      Got any PMA tips you would like to share?

      Every cloud has a silver lining.


      Hill, Napoleon; Stone, W. Clement Stone ; preface by Og Mandino ; with a new introduction by W. Clement (1987). Success through a positive mental attitude. New York: Pocket Books.

Categories: Personal/Professional Development, Psychology

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5 replies

  1. Hi Nicola, great post. I agree with all of this. Lots of people dream of winning the lottery, when it doesn’t change that much. I feel as if I’ve won the lottery with my lovely family.

  2. Love these tips. Thanks for sharing them. Being grateful for what I have in life, who I have in my life and who I have become in this life always give me a positive outlook on my day.

  3. I notice how the two responses, from Susan and Patricia, are about cherishing what really matters – the people in our lives 🙂

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