June 5, 2013

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

Being happy or unhappy is a matter of choice. How do you choose? Below are 22 things that happy people do.

  1. Don’t hold a grudge. Forgive and forget. Holding a grudge only hurts you.
  2. Treat everyone with kindness. This is scientifically proven to help people be happy. Plus it builds positive relationships.
  3. See problems as challenges. The word challenge is more positive, like an opportunity being presented.
  4. Express gratitude for what they already have. They have a deeper sense of contentment by counting their blessings.
  5. Dream big. People who do are more likely to accomplish great things.
  6. Don’t’ sweat the small stuff. Ask yourself, “Will this problem matter a year from now?”
  7. Speak well of others. Being nice feels better than being mean.
  8. Never make excuses. Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good for making  excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
  9. Get absorbed in the present. Do not dwell on the past or worry about the future. Savor the present.
  10. Wake up at the same time every morning. It’s stabilizes the circadian rhythm, increases productivity and allows a calm centered state.
  11. Avoid social comparison. We are happier when we focus on our own progress and praise others on theirs.
  12. Choose friends wisely. Surround yourself with optimistic people.
  13. Never seek approval from others. It’s impossible to please everyone. Listen to others but seek your own approval.
  14. Take time to listen. Talk less; listen more.
  15. Nurture social relationships. A lonely person is a miserable person.
  16. Meditate. Silence your mind and find inner peace.
  17. Eat well. Eat foods that keep your mind and body in good shape.
  18. Exercise. Studies have shown that exercise raises happiness levels as much as Zoloft does.
  19. Live minimally. Clutter makes people feel overwhelmed and stressed out.
  20. Tell the truth. The truth will set you free.
  21. Establish personal control. Choose your own destiny.
  22. Accept what cannot be changed. Once you accept that life is not fair, you’ll be more at peace with yourself.

 

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