Happy Habits – 10 Habits Of The Happiest People In This World
Want to embrace some happy habits? Here are 10 happy habits that are embraced by some of the most joyful people in this world. The great news is you can take on these habits too.
This post was originally published on my InspiringMomLife.com website
Hey my friend,
Have you ever wondered why some people are happy all of the time?
Chances are the happiest people have habits that raise the odds of feeling happy.
Unhappy people, on the other hand, tend to have habits that result in less desirable feelings.
Yep, it can really be that simple.
If you’re not as happy as you’d like, it may be time to take a look at your habits.
The truth is happy people share many similar qualities.
And adopting these same qualities may also yield you similar positive results.
Take a moment to think about the following quotes:
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. Dodinsky
Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have. Zig Ziglar
Happiness consists MORE in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life. Benjamin Franklin
Happiness isn’t what you find at the end of the road. It’s right here. Right now. Unknown
Here are 10 habits that lead to happiness are enjoyable to implement:
1 – Optimism.
It makes sense that if you believe good things will happen, there’s a higher change that good things will happen, simply because you created the right expectation inside your own brain.
Expecting the worst does nothing to improve your mood and pretty much sets you up to show up in a way that increases your chances that bad things will happen.
That being said, it’s not even important to expect a positive outcome, only to believe that everything will be okay.
Optimism is also a form of belief in yourself.
A belief that you can cope with anything that comes your way.
A belief that you are strong.
A belief that you can do it.
If you believe that you can handle any outcome, you can be optimistic and have the mental freedom to be happy.
2 – Altruism.
Put simply, doing things for others provides multiple benefits.
Firstly, you get to discover firsthand that you have a lot to be grateful for.
Secondly, you can feel good about yourself for assisting others.
Thirdly, you get to be useful and get out into the community.
Make a list of at least three ways you can help others that will also fit into your schedule.
3 – Gratitude.
Hey, are you aware of how many great things and people you already have in your life?
By maintaining a focus on the things you don’t have, then generally leads to you feeling crap.
Experiencing gratitude, on the other hand, helps to create feelings of happiness.
4 – An exciting future.
Maximum happiness requires that you have something to look forward to.
Ask yourself: what are you excited about in the future?
It can really be anything: graduating from college, having a baby, retirement, a vacation, or a new book to read on Saturday night.
Try to come up with a few goals that give you a reason to be excited.
Set goals that are both short-term and long-term so that you always have something to look forward to in the future.
5 – Success.
Success is another habit that happy people embrace.
In this scenario, you get to define what success means to you.
Spend some time doing things that you’re good at.
Why? Because it feels good to do something well.
It doesn’t have to be a competitive event.
You can be a success at anything like:
- making a great cup of coffee
- helping someone feel better when they are down
- playing a few songs on the guitar
- anything, anything, anything that makes you feel great about yourself
- Make of list of the things you excel at and try to spend at least a little time each day doing one of them.
6 – Resilience.
Oooh I love chatting about resilience.
Resilience is so important because it’s impossible to avoid experiencing challenging times.
Sooner or later, something will pop up, something will happen that threatens your progress, success or happiness.
The question is how will you show up during those moments?
You get to decide.
Resilience is the ability to continue forging ahead.
Some people have a knack for making obstacles seem bigger than they really are.
Others are able to maintain their composure and continue making progress.
Resilience is a habit that happy people love to embrace.
7 – Reasonable expectations.
When your expectations are overly optimistic, you’ll routinely experience disappointment.
It also makes sense that when your expectations are consistently low, you won’t feel very optimistic either.
Neither is a recipe for happiness.
Aim instead for that healthy space in between where reasonable expectations resides.
8 – Forgiveness.
Seriously, how can you be genuinely happy while holding a grudge?
It’s pretty hard to be happy when you are secretly fuming at others.
Forgiving others quickly instead and easily make happiness possible.
You might feel that some people don’t deserve forgiveness, but what is the alternative?
Consistently being angry?
Making yourself unhappy?
Choose forgiveness because forgiveness sets you free.
9 – Authenticity.
Happy people definitely have learned to embrace authenticity.
Why? Because spending your time pretending to be something you’re not is a massive challenge to your self-esteem.
Happiness is allusive if you don’t feel comfortable being yourself.
Why not allow your uniqueness to shine through instead?
10 – Presence.
When I say presence, I mean referring to the here and now.
That is where happy people reside.
Thinking about the past leads to regret.
Thoughts of the future lead to anxiety.
When you keep your mind in the present moment, you can enjoy each moment as it passes.
Even if it’s a difficult moment, you can take a deep breath and know that it will pass.
All will be fine.
If you want to experience happiness on a regular basis, stay present.
In the end, happiness doesn’t need to be complicated.
Forgive others, be yourself, give of yourself, and be grateful for the things and people you already have.
Having an effective set of habits will definitely result in feeling more happiness so embrace some of these habits today.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy. It’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn
Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want. Alan Cohen
Happiness is not a possession to be prized; it is a quality of thought, a state of mind. Daphne du Maurier
Happiness is a choice, not result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. Ralph Marston
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With a degree in psychology, Frances Vidakovic is a certified life coach for goal getters, author of 20+ books, host of the Dream Big My Friend podcast and course creator. Her superpower: transforming moms from dreamers into doers. Frances has been featured on various platforms, including Scary Mommy, Thrive Global, Medium and SBS Radio.