8 Habits of Happy People

Jul 09, 2014
Tagged with: 8 Habits of Happy People

 

Happiness doesn’t happen by chance. Instead, happy people maintain a series of habits that help promote their positive moods. Do you want to lead a happier life? Work on these eight habits to make it happen.

 

Develop Strong Relationships

People who have strong relationships tend to feel less lonely and depressed. This isn’t to say that people with a lot of friends are happier. What matters is the quality of those friendships. That’s why married people seem to be generally happier than non-married individuals. Do you feel like you can open your heart and soul to your best friend or your family members? If not, work on building stronger, more intimate relationships with those close to you. To take on happier habits, reconsider associating with people who are pessimistic and make negative comments. Instead, focus on surrounding yourself with positive people.

Express Gratitude

Happy people give thanks for what they have. They don’t dwell on the things that could have been or curse the world for not giving them what they want. To start forming this habit, keep a journal next to your bed. As you reflect on your day, list one thing you’re thankful for each night before you go to bed. Soon enough you’ll start noticing your mind focusing on those things you’re happy about rather than the circumstances you’re ungrateful for.

Stay Fit

Studies have shown that there’s a link between health and happiness, each affecting the other. In fact, estimates shows that people of excellent health are 20 percent happier than those of fair health. Part of this is because exercise promotes the release of your brain’s feel-good endorphins, helping to reduce stress and boost mood.

To enjoy these mental benefits, perform a blend of muscle-strengthening and aerobic exercises three to five times a week for 30 to 60 minutes each. To get started, download training apps on your T-Mobile smartphone, like Endomondo Sports Tracker for Android or Fitness Buddy for iOS.

Take Responsibility

Blaming external factors for your own mistakes is one quick way to fuel negative moods. People who think externally will blame their professor for crummy exam questions while those who look at life internally will blame their lack of studying for their poor grade. People who think internally tend to accomplish more and be more productive, effectively boosting self-esteem.

Treat Others Well

Whether you believe in karma or not, treating others well can lead to your own happiness. This practice helps you avoid the guilt of hurting others; helps build stronger relationships, and can reduce the stress of daily drama. Remember that happy people aren’t only nice face-to-face. They also watch what they say when the other person is not present. They know that by speaking well of others in all situations, they can foster positive thinking in their own lives.

Live in the Moment

Constantly thinking about the past or dreaming about the future gives you no time to enjoy what’s happening now. Happy people take in the good times, and they sometimes even let the time get away from them when they’re enjoying themselves. Happy people savor even the smallest things that bring joy to their hearts in the moment.

Start by drawing pictures with your kids, enjoying a spontaneous date night with your significant other, or spending an hour or two working on that hobby project you’ve been neglecting. Do this while consciously focusing on the moment until it becomes second nature.

 

Organize Your Environment

One key aspect of leading a happy life is acting upon the factors that affect your environment. When it comes to your immediate environment, this can include anything from keeping the house clean and organizing your desk at work to surrounding yourself with people you love. Happy people tend to keep their homes clean and their schedule organized to avoid the stress that comes along with a cluttered and chaotic environment. Start with these simple tips for organizing your home and your life.

These habits can take some time to develop, so start setting goals in one of these categories, and then focus on another once the first becomes habit.

 

NCHPAD articles:

http://www.nchpad.org/606/2558/Food~and~Your~Mood~~Nutrition~and~Mental~Health

http://www.nchpad.org/71/525/Motivation~Through~Goal~Setting

 

Author: Bency George