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You grab your ritual coffee before work or perhaps during your morning commute, and wonder; “Why are some people so happy in the morning?” Or maybe you’re out shopping and think; “Why are people smiling so much and seemingly enjoying their day?” If you’re looking to change your outlook on life, take heed: According to Psychology Today, 40% is the “percentage of our capacity for happiness that is within our power to change.” So take that 40% and devote it toward positive thoughts, relieving stress, and leading a happier life. Here are eleven habits of habitually happy people that we share:
Teach yourself to acknowledge that only when you are happy with yourself can you make others happy. Forever trying to make someone else happy leaves no room to have time to do the same for you.
Do things because they are right for you. Don’t simply do things because it makes others happy.
Eat healthy with foods that fuel your brain, body, and behavior. No doubt, you are what you eat. 10 Foods for thought.
Take time to meditate or do yoga. Both practices focus on proper breathing techniques which help to release serotonin (our brains’ happy messengers).
Take time to learn from others. We see how “The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.” ~ Stephen McCranie
Subscribe to the Platinum Rule: "Treat others the way they want to be treated." What an elevated deviation from the old Golden Rule! The Platinum Rule enables you to accommodate for the feelings of others: "let me understand what you want and then I'll give it to you."
Know when you are wrong and openly admit it. If you don’t, how can you learn to better yourself?
Give back to those in need in our community and abroad. Share your happiness and good fortune with those who need it the most without any expectations of getting anything back besides seeing a better outcome for those you try to help.
Know it is okay to take time to appreciate simple pleasures! Enjoy your morning coffee, smell the spring as you take a brisk walk, quietly sit at some favorite spot, turn up the volume to a favorite tune, relish the words of a favorite author. Moments like these are the most precious and happiest times. Don’t let them to pass you by.
Learn from the past but live in the present. Accepting your past will allow you to embrace your present and empower your future.
Be happy. Laugh and smile often! Somewhere in the midst of growing up, adults most often lose this healthy habit that children have naturally. Take some time to live in their world and make it yours. It’s a guarantee for pleasure.
What other habits have you adopted to lead a happier life? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.