Contrary to what most so-called realists think, you can never be too happy. To some, happiness has become a strange word and a baseless desire. They are consistently plagued with negative emotions that are inundated by short periods of happiness and moments of joy. However, true happiness can become a permanent state with the right amount of persistence and effort.
When it comes to happiness, there is no pattern or recipe. Real happiness is a mental state that is usually achieved by the “effect of choice.” You have to choose to be happy before your efforts will make any meaning. The good news is that you can also improve your own happiness by following these 11 things that happy people do:
1/ They ward off negativity. They avoid things or people that trigger negativity and fight their own negative emotions and thoughts. They control what they read and watch, carefully select their friends, and wisely choose the places they visit.
2/ Happy people realize that they need to embrace their imperfections to be content in life. They are grateful for everything they get in life and accept their flaws.
3/ Moods are contagious, so they spend their time surrounded by happy people. This boosts their confidence, stimulates creativity, and creates amazing memories.
4/ Worrying is the fastest way to destroy our happiness, so happy people tend to worry less. They come up with a solution, but never focus on the problem only, and channel their energy to productive brainstorming. Happy people accept their past and accept the uncertainty of the future. As Mark Twain once said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”
5/ Happy people do not hold grudges but forgive instead. They accept failures and mistakes and go on with life.
6/ They spend some time every day to think of the good things that happened to them, to refocus from the problems.
7/ Happy people always take time to devote to their own only. They use this “alone time” to breathe, relax, and reflect.
8/ Happy people have found the balance of life and work. They work hard, but they always find time to pursue activities they find enjoyable. They have hobbies, visit the gym, spend time with friends, go to the spa, read, etc.
9/ Happy people celebrate even the smallest victories. They know that they should appreciate even the smallest progress, as it is significant too. Sometimes, they know that they need to lower their expectations. According to Rich Tatum: “Most disappointments arise from unmet expectations. Set realistic expectations for yourself, based on your strengths, then strive to exceed them.”
10/ Happy people are aware of the fact that materialism drains happiness, so they focus on experiences.
11/ They know to enjoy the ride, and happiness is not a final destination. They learn to enjoy every single moment, and that makes them happy. They slow down to appreciate the little pleasures.
Make sure you too practice these strategies, and over time, you will get better at finding happiness in life!