Written by Freelancing Writer and Editor : Olayinka Sodiq
Happiness is not something readymade; it comes from your actions; Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.
Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, read through these ten things happy people do differently.
Happy people find balance in their lives.
Folks who live a happy life have this in common: Contentment, they’re content with what they have and don’t waste a whole lot of time stressing or worrying over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people live balanced lives; they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s friends, career, family, health, religion, etc.
Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.
One of the most important things happy people do differently unlike unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this and can take things in stride, and move on while unhappy people tend to dwell on minor issues and inconveniences, which perpetuate feelings of resentment, greed, sadness, guilt, and anger. Happy people abide by the golden rule.
Happy people abide by the golden rule.
That is saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” happy people truly abide and embody this principle. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people; they treat others with respect and very compassionate. And most of the time they get treated this way in return.
They take responsibility for their actions.
Happy people live by this mantra. Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it; they recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people play the blame game; they tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way.
“There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”
Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.
One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.
Happy people show signs of happiness.
It may sound obvious, but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. You may perceive a lack of confidence and their posture may be slouching.
Happy people are honest with themselves and others.
Happy people exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness, they would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.
Happy people are passionate.
Happy people can find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.
Happy people see challenges as opportunities.
Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to grow and learn. They make the best out of seemingly bad situations and turn negatives into positives. They seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles and don’t dwell on things that are out of their control.
Happy people live in the present.
Unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future while happy people live in the moment, they are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is: There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” “Because life is a gift.”
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