What is really the essence of the word attitude? Attitude is the very gist of an individual's way of thinking; it is an individual's ideals, his concepts of right and wrong, and all his/her aspirations.
In a nutshell, attitude can be defined as the totality of the individual himself. Man is, I'd say, what his attitude is. His thinking, his views, his likes, and dislikes are all enveloped in the single word i.e. 'attitude'.
The next point for us to understand that we discover how these attitudes grow in an individual, are they inborn or are they a later growth in man's life. To this question, the answer is that, yes, some aspects of an individual's attitude are inborn, inherited and taken in due to his/her circumstances.
This is because what an individual grows with, has got to have an influence on his life's pattern and his personal thinking, which account for his attitude. However, as he grows, and comes out of his shell out of his very personal circumstances, and develops his own attitudes to several things.
Though at this stage of his being a grown up person, some changes may occur according to the needs of the times, but his basic thinking and attitude remains the same as he got during the grooming stage of his life. Thus, though some minor changes do occur in adulthood, the basics that he grew with never change in depth.
We often say that, attitude makes a man - yes, once an attitude has developed, it is there to stay, and it plays a very important role in molding the man. Once the attitude of an individual is happy and wholesome, he continues to grow with this attitude and live with it.
Living with this happy attitude makes him a better man, and then he keeps on improving as an individual - all this because of his healthy and happy attitude. The attitude persists and becomes more and more pleasant a man with the passage of time. If his attitude is healthy, it will radiate towards him only and make him better and better.
Thus the environment changes the attitude of a man and the man then is made by his attitude. In the same way, if the attitude of an individual is one of continued resentment towards all that is his and is around him, this attitude will also radiate towards him only, and continue to make him a worse and worse individual.
This effect of attitude on the individual is a continuous process and keeps molding the individual for the better or the worse. It serves just as a vicious circle, the good become better with a good attitude, and the bad and the unhappy become worse and more unhappy with their respective attitudes to life and all there is in it.
Thus, when we realize that attitude of a person has such a deep impact on his personality we must try to have a straight, honest, and healthy attitude towards everything and everybody around us. If we do so, we will be able to appreciate our surroundings and get appreciation in return.
It is our attitude to life and all there is in it that makes us happy or unhappy, pleasant or unpleasant, even wanted or unwanted in the society. It is for us to try to develop a healthy attitude and be easy and comfortable with life and all that it has to offer. I am sure, if we learn to take life as it comes, with a smile there will be no cause to be unhappy at any stage of life.