WOW Word-Of-the-Week #302: Disposition

May 17, 2010 by  

Disposition – one’s usual mood or frame of mind.

What is your usual mood? Would you say you have a happy disposition? Do you experience big mood swings? Would you like to be happier?

It seems that this is the hot topic of the year. I remember my mother saying, “I just want you to be happy,” from the time I was a small child.  Happy then was getting presents, getting to eat ice cream and candy, basically getting my way. (which didn’t happen very often)

Now I would say that my mood is pretty good most of the time. (hey, I’m not perfect and we all have our moments) What makes me happy now is having a love in my life, playing with my grand kids, and feeling content and complete with my life.

Robert Masello wrote an article for the Parade Magazine titled, “Make Happiness Happen.” In the first paragraph he told a story about being nice to the lady at the post office and wrote, “Being nice hadn’t only improved the clerk’s day, it made me feel pretty good too. The last year or two has been rough for nearly all of us. While there are a lot of things we can’t control, there is something we can do to make our lives more rewarding – and even happier. Cheap, easy and environmentally friendly, it might be called a ‘positive-attitude adjustment.’” (Have you heard me say that one before?)

Tal Ben-Shahar the author of “Happier” says, “Recent findings prove the brain is more flexible than we used to think. With practice, we can change our habits and even our natural disposition. Seek out positive distractors. Figure out what is fun for you, whether it’s watching movies or listening to music or going to a ball game – and then make sure you do it.”

This week focus on your natural disposition.  Do you have a positive frame of mind? What would your family, friends, guests, customers, members or clients say about your disposition? Also, make sure you have a least one “positive distractor” this week!