Let’s face it. Happiness is something we all strive for. Unfortunately, many people are unhappy or simply aren’t as happy and they want to be.
Happiness isn’t something we’re born with or without. There’s also a difference between fleeting happiness and leading a happy life.
There are certain aspects of life that we can’t control, but happiness isn’t one of them. Here are 15 habits of incredibly happy people for you to emulate and get on the road to happiness.
They cultivate kindness
There are times when you need to focus on yourself and put your needs first, but doing good for others is one way to get on the road to happiness. Whether it’s volunteering, donating to a charity or spending time with someone going through a rough patch, participating in kind acts will make you feel good.
They don’t dwell on the past
Mistakes are part of being human and there is no such thing as perfection. We all have different experiences in our lives that include some aspects we wish we could change. There’s no going back, so dwelling on the negative moments we face isn’t going to make us feel any better. It’s not an easy thing to do, but the past is the past and what’s done is done. Focus on what’s happening now and you’ll find you feel much better.
They live their lives for themselves
We have a tendency to take things for granted and we don’t always appreciate what’s right in front of us. We look at someone else’s life and when they seem to have it all together, we start to wish it was ours. Comparing yourself to others will only bring you down when you should be living your life for you and nobody else. Don’t let someone else’s successes deter you from achieving your own. You’ll find that creating your own path will make you happier because you’re doing something that you want and not what someone else wants.
Being happy is in our control. Good and bad situations take place in all of our lives, but it’s how you react to those sitautions that counts. Smiling is another way to garner happiness. Even during negative experiences, smiling makes us feel good. When you smile, even if you aren’t in the mood to do so, signals are sent throughout our bodies and our mood begins to increase. The more you smile, the happier you become.
They surround themselves with positivity
Don’t waste your time with people who are only going to bring you down. We all have our bad days, but spending time with people who are constantly in a negative state will only bring you down. It won’t happen all at once, but little by little it will start to drain you. Find the people you enjoy spending time with and who make you happy to be around. Happy people will indirectly make you happy and you’ll also want to continue being happy yourself.
They don’t care what others think
We’re all unique and have different interests, but people will often judge you because you’re different from them. In order to be happy, the most important thing you can do is be yourself. Don’t let someone tell you that your interests and opinions are worthless. Feel free to be you without caring what others think.
They spend quality time with loved ones
Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself. This especially goes for loved ones, as it will strengthen your bonds with them. When you spend time with them and enjoy your time together, you’ll feed off the positive energy and be happier.
They show their confidence
When you have low self-esteem it’s difficult to feel happy, but when you like and accept yourself, you’ll have a better attitude on life. You must first love yourself in order to lead a happy life. When you lack confidence, others can tell through your body language. Hold you head up high, think positively and you”ll find yourself feeling happy in no time.
They stay well-balanced
It’s important to take care of your physical and mental needs. Get a good night’s sleep, eat properly and get exercise. Focusing on these aspects is not only good for you, but you’ll feel better about your life. Do your best to avoid being burned out and you’ll have more energy to keep up with your busy schedule. It’s also important to take some time to relax and enjoy activities such as reading or yoga.
They learn from bad experiences
Life isn’t always going to be positive experiences. Bad situations we face can bring us down to the point where we won’t get back up again, but only if we let them. What you can do is turn bad experiences into something positive. Failures make you take chances because you’ll want to prove to yourself you can learn from it. Avoid dwelling on the situation and do something else such as focusing on a new goal.
They know money isn’t everything
Many people feel they won’t be happy unless they’re rich and can buy the fancy cars and houses they want, but money can’t buy happiness. It’s not about the amount of money, but how it’s used. People tend to be happier when using money for others and putting it to good use.
They enjoy life’s experiences
We all have our list of goals we’d like to accomplish, but fear and worry can change our plans in an instant. Take a trip, try out a place you’ve never been to before, meet new people, get out and experience life. At the end of the day we’re likely to remember those moments over what items we bought on a shopping trip. Those are the moments that will continually make you happy.
They focus on what can be controlled
Too often we live in the “what if” world instead of focusing on what we can control. You can’t control things like a disaster or a sudden change in employment, but dwelling on them will only add more stress to your life. Instead, focus on things you can control like things that will help you improve yourself.
They pursue happiness
There are events that occur in our lives that can make us happy, but not everything is going to be that easy. Start by making a list of your accomplishments and see how far you’ve come already. This helps you think positively and feel happy about those accomplishments. Use it as motivation towards achieving your goals.
They remember to laugh
We’ve all heard it before: laughter is the best medicine. When you laugh, your body feels less pain and less stress, which makes us feel really good. There are many other benefits to laughing such as increased creativity, reduced depression, increased friendliness and more. Even if you aren’t laughing out loud, you will feel happier if you laugh as often as you can.