10 Surprising Habits of Happy People
Category : Happiness
10 Surprising Habits of Happy People
Have you ever known someone who is perpetually happy? How do they do it, day in and day out? Do they have something you and I don’t? Well, no. And yes. Their circumstances are probably no better than anyone else’s, but they cultivate the habits that encourage happiness.
Mastering just one of these habits of happy people can hugely improve your outlook!
1. Know That This Moment Is All You Have
You can’t do anything to change the past, and we have no guarantee that the future will even arrive! So stop thinking about the past, or worrying about the future—focus on today, and today only.
It’s amazing how much time we waste worrying about the future or the past, and we fail to notice that nine times (or more) out of ten, if we stop to pay attention, in any given moment we are actually just fine. Remember that, and try to enjoy the small details of your day, such as sipping a perfect cup of coffee, talking to your family, and moving through your day with ease.
This single moment is where happiness is—how happy you are in it is all up to you!
2. Be Grateful for Each Second
If you find it difficult to “enjoy the moment,” focus on giving thanks for what you have, right now. For one, you have internet access if you’re reading this. Do you know how fortunate that makes you? And if you are online, chances are you are inside, with a roof over your head, warm, etc.
And that’s just the beginning! Are you healthy? Do you have friends and family? A job? Practice being grateful for all that you have, and you will find that happiness comes to you more easily.
Give your appreciation to each moment—that will attract more good things to come!
3. Go to Your “Happy Place”
Pick your own happy place and redirect your energy and perspective to something that makes you feel good!
Your “happy place” can be anything—a person, place, or thing that improves the way you feel about yourself. A beach, a quiet room, a walk with your sweetie…
When you are overwhelmed, take five minutes, breathe deeply, and visualize being there, taking in everything it offers.
4. Remember That the Only Things You Can Truly Control Are Your Thoughts
You can’t control what other people do, you can’t control the weather, and you can’t control all the random events that cross your path.
But you can control your reactions to those things.
Control your thoughts by simply noticing how you react to things. Most of the time when we aren’t in control of our thoughts, it’s because we just aren’t paying attention to them. Once you give your thoughts some thought, you’ll find them much easier to control.
Coloring isn’t just for kids. It’s a great way for adults to de-stress, too!
Coloring puts you into a meditative state as it allows extraneous thoughts to flow out of your head and puts your focus on just one thing.
Don’t give yourself “rules” for coloring. Turn off your inner art critic and just let yourself go!
6. Let Fido Fix It
Dogs can perk your mood right up! Everyone knows a good, slobbery dog kiss can really cut through a grumpy day.
Get a double dose of happiness by taking your dog for a walk in the fresh air. Let him walk you for a change, and pay attention to what makes him tick.
Pretend you are experiencing the world from his perspective. Dirt is amazing! Look! Squirrel!
7. Give Your Time Away
Give your time to others, and you’ll instantly feel happy.
Volunteer for any cause you’re passionate about—smile, and really try to get to know those you’re helping.
Focus on the difference you’re making in someone’s life, and make a monthly commitment (or whatever works with your schedule).
8. Get Excited Like a Toddler Does
Life too serious these days? Get down on the ground, and mimic what a child looks at and how he/she sees the world.
Laugh at the things children do, and be silly just because.
Try this: Lie down outside on your back, and stare up at the trees and sky! (The world looks fun from this angle!)
9. Write ‘Em A Nastygram
Is someone or something driving you nuts? Write it out!
Address a letter to that person, or even to that situation, and tell it exactly how you feel!
Write freely, with no reservations about what you have to say.
Don’t censor yourself—the very act of writing can be a great way to purge negative feelings that prevent happiness.
After writing the letter, read it out loud and throw it away. <–That part is pretty important, by the way. Seriously. Don’t send it. Throw it away, and let it go.
10. Know Your Roots
Find someone in your family (an older relative such as a grandparent, uncle, or aunt) who can recall memories about his or her early life.
Learn about where you came from, and learn about life from someone else’s perspective. This is a rich way to learn about them, yourself, and the world.
Gain a fresh perspective by listening to their stories. This will help you improve your own happiness and appreciation.
A Few Last Words …
Happiness is all about the feelings you generate within. Focus on developing your inner self, and don’t worry about what’s outside of you. When you do, you’ll see that you hold the power over your own happiness!