The direction of an aircraft in relation to the ground is called it's 'attitude'. Obviously the plane follows the position of the nose. If it is pointed up...it is going upward, down = downward. This same principle can be applied to you and me.
Our attitudes, to a large degree, determine our success or failures. Even our ability to influence others is often based upon our attitude. Who likes to be around a whiner all the time? It is quite sobering to think that the final product of our lives may well rest with the attitude we take in life. I have found that it is really hard to defeat a joyous personality. You and I should attempt to put on a 'PMA' ... positive, mental attitude the very first thing in the morning. (well, right after your socks!) Doing so will put you ahead of the game, as people will like you and you will likely have fewer difficulties throughout your day.
People have so many problems in this life, they find it unusual to see someone who is genuinely happy. When we display the love of Christ it can be very refreshing to those who are hurting and sad. As Christians, we should never have to fake happiness. Scripture says there is righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit! (Rom 14:17) Happiness is a derivative of joy.
While we are not exempt from troubles, sadness and even disappointments, we can have an abiding joy within us. This becomes the fountain of our attitude. I challenge you to become intentional about your attitude. Push away from negativity and the naysayers. Focus on all that you 'can' do and those you 'can' help. Remember your attitude will determine your altitude.