14 Things Incredibly Happy People Do
While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it absurd to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of others.
Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy. Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.
- They don’t tie their happiness to external events.
Tying your happiness to external events can also lead to behavior which avoids failure as a defensive measure.
- They go offline.
Being constantly connected to everyone you know is exhausting. But most people don’t even consider going offline – and they should! When you are offline get more time, your manners improve, you will get more rest and you will get more active.
- They turn a TO-DO list into a game.
Doing chores is not usually considered fun, but there are ways to transform busywork into something more exciting.
- They plan getaways.
Even if you can’t afford a cross-continent trip, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to get out there and see the world. Experiencing a new culture or food or a change in scenery is a great way to bring a little extra happiness into your life. Whether you book a trip alone or with a buddy, traveling helps you to create memories that you will never forget.
- They say thank you.
Saying thank you is an easy way to pay it forward and make everyone’s day a little brighter. During a busy day, take a second to stop and be grateful for the small stuff. It may not come naturally, but in the long run, it really will increase your happiness.
- They give themselves a break.
Putting in long hours at the office is draining, but there’s a little trick that will help you to be both happier and more productive: take a break. Even if you bring your own lunch, step out for a brisk walk around the block. Getting your body moving and taking your eyes off your screen will help you come back after just five minutes, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever project is up next on the agenda.
- They don’t sweat the small stuff.
There are plenty of instances where anger, disappointment, and anxiety are totally reasonable reactions, but they don’t have to be your final reactions. Learning to let go of the little things you can’t control will allow you to focus better on the positive aspects of life.
- They turn mistakes into lessons.
As much as we try to strive for perfection, mistakes are an inevitable part of life. While it’s easy to beat yourself up when a new job just isn’t working out or a relationship falls apart, focusing on learning from what went wrong will help you turn a mistake into something productive. When something goes wrong, consider it an opportunity to grow and become an even better version of yourself.
- They don’t blame the past.
Instead of dwelling on the things that went wrong in your past, make your time more meaningful by looking to the future. When you stay positive and think about the things you can accomplish, you’re able to find peace with the things that may not have gone your way before.
- They don’t compare themselves to others.
Everyone has their own path in life, and when you start to compare yours to others’, you take focus away from personal progress.
- They take chances.
Instead of waiting for opportunities to fall into your lap, take control. Putting yourself out there can feel like a challenge, but once you take a risk, whether it’s searching for a new job or asking a friend out on a date, you will be rewarded.
- They get their beauty rest.
Catching a few extra hours of ZZZ’s can make a big difference. When you’re feeling tired or under the weather, it’s hard to put your best foot forward.
- They get moving.
While a marathon may not be on the horizon, physical activity is an important part of leading a happier life. Working out releases endorphins and help you banish a blah mood for good.
- They are honest.
They say “honesty is the best policy,” and when it comes to health and happiness, this couldn’t be more true. Lies cause stress and anxiety, and life is too short not to live authentically.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
How about you?
What specific mindsets or habits keep you happy?