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Feelings, Attitude and Believing in Yourself

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Feelings, Attitude and Believing in Yourself

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It's important to have a positive attitude

Everybody has feelings. Sometimes feelings are very strong. Strong feelings can make you do things you don't do most of the time.

People who lose their temper might yell or throw things or hit someone. (They probably feel bad later.) People who feel very happy might buy gifts for everyone. (They might not have any money later!)

Feelings can change your attitude. People talk about attitude a lot. Sometimes they say, "That person has attitude." They might mean the person is acting mean. That is really an angry attitude. Attitude just means how you look at life.

Attitude can change your feelings. Here is an example. People with a sunny attitude might feel happy and hopeful. They might think they can do the things they try. A happy, "can-do" attitude like this is called optimism (AWP-tuh-miz-um). An optimist thinks things will turn out all right. They believe in themselves.