There’s a technique called “self-talk” to help improve your attitude. It’s based on the theory that “you are what you think.”

Because of the constant inner voice talking to you, if you speak to yourself in an affirming, positive manner, you’ll improve your self-perception and attitude. If your self-talk tends to be predominantly negative, your attitude will suffer.

Here are some examples of positive and negative “self talk” from the book How to Feel Great About Yourself and Your Life by Martin English.

Listen to your inner monologue. What do you say to yourself every day? Are you constantly putting yourself down? Do you ever compliment yourself? If what you say to yourself is predominantly negative, it’s time for a change.