We often complain that we miss some parts of the puzzle to feel completely happy; whether that is money, a new car, a partner… we’re in a constant chase of people and things. And even though we reach some of our goals, our mind still wonders: “Why am I so unhappy?”, “How can I be happier?”
Well, let me share with you the secret to happiness: it is a habit. It’s simple as that. You can be happy right now. How? – By being a creator of your own happiness.
Happy people don’t waste their time waiting for happiness; they create their own habits and stick to them.
Here are 8 habits of happy people you can adopt as well.
1. They live in the present.
Past is supposed to be in the past. Happy people do exactly that; they leave their past behind and focus on “now”. They don’t worry about future either; happy people cherish the present moment.
Life is happening right now. Therefore, release yourself from your worries, make peace with your past and accept the uncertainty of future with a smile.
2. They surround themselves with positive people.
Happy people choose friends who radiate with positive vibes and enjoy spending time with them. They surround themselves with people who can motivate, support, uplift, and make them laugh.
Happy people enjoy the company of those who encourage them to fight for their dreams and applaud their victories.
3. They forgive.
Happy people might feel disappointed and hurt, but they let go of grudges. Instead of letting their anger define them, they free themselves from all the negative energy; Happy people forgive and forget.
To forgive and forget is not easy, not at all; However, it’s a real bliss, an inevitable part of experiencing true happiness and peace of mind and soul. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” And we are all strong to do it.
4. They see problems as challenges.
Instead of focusing on the problem, happy people see them as opportunities. To them, a problem means a new challenge that opens a new door to success. And they motivate themselves to think about the solution, not the problem itself.
No matter how hard a situation can be, happy people know that every problem has a solution; we just need to make attempts to find it.
5. They are grateful.
There are always things to be grateful for: You wake up. You breathe. You are still alive… Being thankful, you focus on what you have rather than what you don’t.
Happy people know that gratitude reduces stress, improves mood and energy, brings happiness. Therefore, they keep a journal and write down what they’re grateful for every day.
6. They take care of themselves and help others.
Happy people always find time for family and friends, as well as for themselves. They eat well, get enough sleep, exercise, meditate…they take a great care of themselves.
Happy people learn to love other people; they treat everyone with kindness and are always willing to lend a helping hand. They know that happiness is real when shared.
7. They don’t compare to other people.
You shouldn’t make your assumptions based on what you see. Not everything is as it seems to be. You don’t know the real story behind every person. We are all unique in our different stories. Therefore, we shouldn’t compare to others.
Happy people neither compare to nor compete with other people, and they certainly don’t care about what others think about them. They tend to be better than yesterday; they want to reach the best version of themselves.
8. They have hope and faith.
Happy people choose to be happy. They never lose hope and greet every day with a smile. They dream big and believe that great things will happen.
Happy people treat every day as a gift and enjoy every moment of their life. They know that everyone is responsible for their own happiness; happiness depends on us.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius