10 Habits of Happy People
We all have different perspectives on happiness, what is happiness for one person can look and feel completely different to another. One of my favourite quotes is “happiness is an inside job”. I can say this knowing what it’s like to be in a tangle of negative thinking, I know those patterns very well. What did I do? I read books, invested (a lot) in my own personal development and practiced re-framing and re-working my mind.
Many people believe that if they were to change their body shape, have more money or have a relationship, they would be happier. I used to be one of those people, but I learned that the essence of inner happiness must come before any tangible outcome. Although having some of those things may seem like a nice idea, unless you change how you feel inside, you will always be seeking external nourishment to fill the empty void.
People who are generally more optimistic aren’t always necessarily over spilling on the happy scale, however they will be spending most of their time thinking happier thoughts and behaving in more positive ways.
Here are some typical habits of happy people that if practiced enough, will allow you to feel a better sense of wellbeing and overall happiness.
- A happy person is generally able to see the good in another person rather than focussing on their flaws. They are less judgemental towards other people.
- Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and see them as a learning opportunity. They are willing to take on other people’s feedback and learn how to do things differently.
- People who demonstrate a more positive outlook have grasped the structure of a work/life balance. They spend time doing the things they enjoy such as a hobby or routine which allows them to express their creativity.
- Happy people avoid getting caught up in power struggles to prove a point. Although they stand up for their beliefs, they do it in a way that counteracts animosity towards other people.
- A happy person makes goals and works towards making them happen. Even if they come up against challenges along the way, they will cut through them.
- A happy person will walk with their head up and not be afraid to give eye contact or smile at a stranger.
- Happy people are willing to take a risk and go with the ebb and flow of life’s ups and downs. If something doesn’t work out they accept it and move towards a solution.
- People who feel happier are comfortable with giving out compliments and can also take compliments too.
- Happy people enjoy celebrating in the success of others and feel abundant and joyous as a result.
- They enjoy regular exercise and spend time outside which gives them a chance to rest their mind.
If you practice just one or two of these simple habits daily, you will start to tip the happy scale too!