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Lead Story

Trade associations at your service


Industry Update

ETA says down with proposed CFPA

Cambridge researchers find EMV flaw

TSYS drives hybrid card


Research Rundown

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Finding your most valuable customers

Robert Christiansen
ARM Loyalty

The crux of cash back on gift cards


Follow Wendy's for a winning combo

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Let's be smart about smart phone payments

Paul Rasori


Street SmartsSM:
Deal or no deal?

Jon Perry and Vanessa Lang
Merchant Services Inc., Fort Worth, Texas

Top 10 mistakes in PCI compliance

John Bartholomew

The nuances of the question, Why?

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Seven rules for MLS sales success

Jeffrey Shavitz
Charge Card Systems Inc.

Developing a relevant, compelling value proposition

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

Company Profile

ControlScan Inc.

New Products

Self-branded smart phone terminal

App Ninjas Inc.

ACH through and through

ACH Processing
ACH Federal


Attitude affects everything


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March 08, 2010  •  Issue 10:03:01

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Attitude affects everything

Someone once told me, "You need to make me happy." After thinking about this for a while I decided it was not my job to make anyone happy except myself. I truly believe that happiness is a choice we must make for ourselves, and not just once, but every single day.

When my father was ill with cancer he was placed on 24-hour hospice care. The nurses commented to me about how wonderful he was and that he was always so cheerful.

Choose thankfulness

I asked him about this one night, and he said to me, "Every morning when I wake up I have a choice to make. I can be a crotchety old man and dwell on my pain and misfortune, making everyone around me miserable, or I can accept my life as it is and be glad that I woke up at all.

"I would rather be around happy people, so I choose the latter, but it is a choice I have to make every day, some days more than once."

My father's words have stuck with me all these years. A good attitude is so much a part of success. Anything can be accomplished if you believe in yourself and have the courage to try.

Take positive steps

But how do you get and maintain a good attitude? As fast-paced and stress-filled as our lives are, it can be difficult to find your "happy place." Following are some ideas to increase your happiness and present a good attitude to those around you.

Act like a winner

Three other things that will help improve your attitude are:

Spread good news

There is a wonderful Web site called The Good News Network ( This site was founded in 1997 by a woman with a background in television news. Her goal is to offer up a dose of positive news for everyone.

She maintains that there are plenty of good news stories; they just don't get highlighted as often as the negative stories. If your mood is in need of a lift, give the site a visit.

Then decide, in your own way, to become a good news network for your own circle of family, friends, colleagues and customers. And watch your relationships transform.

These are just a few tips to help you maintain a good attitude. The first step is yours. You have to make the choice. So what will it be?

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