Here are 16 habits of happy people:
1. They stay social
Keep the relationships that are a positive influence and make time to visit with those individuals. Happy and successful people surround themselves with like-minded individuals. This also means letting go of any relationships that are negative or draining.
2. They don’t sweat the small stuff
Shake it off! If the problem you are upset about will be irrelevant in a year, month, week, or even a day – why even bother to sweat it in the first place?
3. They enjoy simple pleasures
The best things in life are free. Take time to notice the sunset, flowers blooming, or a child’s laughter. When we take time to stop and smell the roses, we enable ourselves to experience bursts of happiness.
4. They meditate
Even if it is for just 5 minutes a day – take time to meditate to calm your nerves and support your inner peace. This will also help you work through negative thoughts and emotions in a positive, healthy way.
5. They practice gratitude
A way to deal with stress and the bad moments is to approach each situation with gratitude. By acknowledging what we are thankful for, we bring our focus back to all the good that’s already in our lives, which is the basis for attracting more good things.
6. They see things a bit diffently
Anytime the word “problem” comes into your mind, change your outlook to see it as an opportunity to change your life for the better. Words like “problem” and “impossible” can be easily erased from your vocabulary. People who are truly happy don’t have problems, they have challenges. They don’t see things as impossible, they know that if they want it bad enough it can be done.
7. They embrace reality
Nothing is ever perfect, and we have to learn to accept what we cannot change. Happy people learn that in order to move forward, we need to go through setbacks. Happy people are ok with this and accept it as simply part of the process.
8. They live in the present
Be present! Do not waste your energy by dwelling on something that has already happened, or be anxious about something that may not happen at all. Take the time to be in the here and now. You’ll experience so much more out of life!
9. They don’t hold grudges
When you hold a grudge, you are holding onto negative emotions like hate and anger. This takes up space and energy that could be spent on something worthwhile. We need to forgive and forget to build upon our foundation of happiness.
10. They don’t give excuses
Do not blame anyone else for your actions – take responsibility instead. Remember to use failures as moments of opportunities and a time for a change – this is empowering. Everything is figureoutable, so no excuses!
11. They treat themselves
When something really good happens, reward yourself! Happy people treat themselves as someone that deserves to be celebrated. You are worthy – remember that.
12. They dream big
Never limit yourself, or create restrictions. When you dream big, you become more positive and optimistic, which gives you the push and power to do absolutely anything you desire.
13. They take ownership
Never let anyone dictate how you should live your life! Taking ownership in all areas of your life allows you to have much more control over the outcome and is incredibly empowering and rewarding.
14. They eat well
Your body is a temple! Junk food can make you feel lazy and apathetic. When you eat right, your body feels right, which can help prime your mind and increase energy levels. Eat less sugar. You’re already sweet enough.
15. They are kind
This quote by Wendy Mass puts being kind into perspective: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Spreading kindness is contagious and it also produces feel-good hormones.
16. They do yoga
The time spent on your mat can make you feel more satisfied in all areas of your life. Physical exercise has been proven to reduce stress, and a consistent yoga practice also helps cultivate a positive mindstate. Inversion poses in particular are great for stimulating your brain and increasing serotonin levels.