Habits of Happy People

Isn’t being happy so much more fun than not? If that sounds too hard, maybe you’ve been going about it all wrong. It’s time to stop waiting to hit the jack pot, meet Mr. or Mrs. Right or land that sweet job. True happiness doesn’t come from externals.

Instead, take a cue from happy people and embrace these habits:

1. Evaluate your bandwidth

You won’t be happy if you’re overwhelmed with life. Happy people know their limits and pare back obligations to fit both their energy and time.

2. Set boundaries

Once happy people know how much time energy they are willing to spend on various activities, they set boundaries so other people don’t encroach on it. That means learning to say no.

3. Organize your priorities

Saying no only leads to happiness if you’re saying no to the right things. Happy people know what’s important to them and live accordingly. They focus on activities related to their priorities first and don’t feel bad about cutting the rest from their to-do list.

4. Have a routine

Rather than having to spend energy making new decisions every day, a comfortable routine lets people focus energy on what really matters.

5. Schedule regular downtime

All work and no play is no fun. Vacation does the mind good but is not the only route to happiness. Scheduling regular work breaks and time for leisure activities works just as well.

6. Create realistic goals

Setting goals and creating to-do lists seems to be ingrained in our collective psyche. However, happy people don’t let themselves be ruled by unrealistic expectations. Instead, they see goals as guides that can be adjusted as needed.

7. Practice visualization

Realistic goals only make you happy if you meet them. Close your eyes for a few minutes and mentally walk yourself through all the tasks of the day that need to be done to meet your goals and create the picture of your success.

8. Make sleep non-negotiable

Happiness is your head on a pillow at a decent hour each night. It’s hard to be happy when you’re dragging through the day.

9. Listen to music

Happiness may be internal, but happy people can turn to external cues, like music, to help them boost their mood.

10. Be generous

Happy people don’t make a habit of keeping everything for themselves. A 2017 study out of the University of Zurich found those who planned to share even a small portion of an unexpected windfall reported higher levels of happiness than those who planned to keep it all.

11. Volunteer regularly

Volunteer your time and talents with an eye toward a specific goal. Instead of volunteering with the intent of saving the world (vague), volunteer with the intent of increasing local recycling participation (concrete).

12. Find the humor in life

Being able to laugh at life comes with a couple of perks that make people happier. First, laughing releases endorphins in the brain that can dull pain and improve mood. Plus, those who don’t take life so seriously may be able to bounce back from setbacks more readily.

13. Spend time outside

We weren’t made to live in a cubicle, and supremely happy people know this. Instead of staying cooped up indoors all day, they make a beeline for the outside world.

14. Get moving daily

It isn’t just your body that will benefit from a little more movement, your mind will thank you too.

As little as five minutes of exercise as day can have a positive effect on your happiness quotient. Spend that five minutes walking in a park, and you can check off two happiness habits at once.

15. Connect with good friends regularly

Humans are social creatures, and happy people make time to connect with others. They may be part of formal clubs, groups and organizations, or prefer the company of only a few close compadres.

16. Choose your friends wisely

If you spend all day around people who are negative or demeaning, it’s going to be really hard to feel happy. Instead, make it a habit to seek out positive people and limit time around those toxic personalities.

17. Turn off social media

While connecting with others is good, study after study has shown that spending time on sites like Facebook can cramp real-life personal relationships and reduce overall life satisfaction. Adopt the happiness habit of limiting your social media check-ins.

18. Count your blessings

Happy people regularly remind themselves of all the good things going on in their lives. Keep a gratitude journal, share personal triumphs during family dinners, and mentally tick off your favorite parts of the day before turning in each night.

19. Ignore everyone else’s habits

Well, don’t ignore them completely. Try them on for size and see what works for you, but don’t feel like you need to make all these habits a regular part of your life.

Know yourself. Don’t live your life according to other people’s happiness and expect to have the same results. Everyone’s happiness is unique, as is the road to get there.

Source: Money Talks News



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