Happy New Year 2016! When I say happiness, I do mean it! I hope all of you will be happy the whole year. But how to be happy? A study read by me recently shared the 10 things happy people do differently. See if you are such people and how many you got it!
- Saying “thank yous”
Expressing gratitude even for the smallest things gives you a deeper sense of happiness. ‘Being happy’ starts from the little things that matter. If you are grateful for every bit of joy, every bit of sunshine, every act of kindness from others e.g. your mom, teacher and friend, there is nothing to stop you from feeling good.
- Cultivating kindness
When doing acts of kindness, there is a natural flow of joy and warmth in a person’s heart. Do you believe in the power kindness? Happy people do. When you are kind, you are not only making others happy but you too reap the fruits of shared joy. Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.
- Believing “I can do it”
Happy people are optimistic people. They always imagine the rainbow amid the thick dark clouds. Believing you can do it even when the situation is not favorable helps you have an easy time. It is not all about being bitter and suffering in silence, it is about having this faith and hope that whatever happens, something good is about to be revealed.
- Coping whatever happens
You may find yourself in failure or bad arena but this must not be the stop of it all for you. Happy people know how to cope and they develop ways to cope one failure after the other. Having an attitude that says ‘I am going to learn from this failure and watch my life increase’.
- Listening to their own beat
Happy people do not compare themselves to others. The only person they compare to is himself or herself. They do not over-think just to feel insecure and inadequate. They are confident that they have something great to offer. They know that they have special or unique qualities that can lead them to their real purpose.
- Acting on goals
Perhaps, other people may think that some people are just too happy to have goals. This is a misconception. Happy people always have some sort of dreams turned into goals (short term or long term). Acting on goals give you that sense of responsibility and a driving force to get you going.
- Nurturing deeper relationships
Studies have shown that people who feel less alone have longer lives. This simply means that happy people are those who make sure that they invest some time and energy in sharing moments with others. It is important to have some close friends and a solid relationship with your family.
- Forgiving before forgetting
Negative emotions like hatred and envy are not good for your well-being. Happy people let the feelings go by being in the moment and accepting that some things just fall apart. Having conflicts can’t be avoided but you can always take the door of forgiveness. It gives peace in your heart.
- Strengthening spirituality
Happy people practice spirituality or religion. They recognize that they are not the master of life. They submit to a higher power or God above, humble down and strengthen their connection to everything around. In this way, they are amazed by the awe, beauty and miracles around and feel happy.
- Taking care of the body
Do you know that exercise and good eating can make you happy too? Too much sitting, not getting enough sunshine and eating junk food add up in reasons to feel depressed. Regular exercise has been proven to help your mental and emotional health, too.
So there you go, these are the 10 things happy people do differently.
If you have noticed similarities in your life right now, nurture these habits.
If you feel there is a need for change, go for it.
It is indeed a universal dream to be happy.
It is such happiness that would lead us to ‘Learn wisely & Live amply’, the motto of our school this year.
Thank you. : )