We all know that person. The one who is always laughing, crackin’ jokes, having fun, and just being happy, no matter what’s going on.
Everyone is attracted to them, and perhaps you want to be like them. But maybe you think it’s impossible to always be happy.
You most certainly can be happy like them and you should be happy like them. They are no special secrets to how these people can have so much joy. They don’t possess anything that you don’t have. The only thing they do is practice habits that make them happy.
So here are seven habits that can be found in people who are always really happy. If you can practice these and turn them into habits, you’ll be just as happy as them.
1. Don’t care what others think
They don’t care what others think or have to say. If they did, they wouldn’t let themselves free and be happy because of the possibility of scrutiny.
Really happy people also never let negative people and their attitudes get to them. Whatever the negative people say or do just rolls off the backs of really happy people.
2. Always looking at the bright side of things
No matter what situations are thrown at a happy person, they look for the bright side. Everything that is negative has a positive side to it. Negativity wouldn’t exist without positivity. Really happy people know this and have practiced looking for the bright side so much that now it has become a habit. And even if a happy person can’t find the bright side of something, they’ll create it.
3. Being friendly
Happy people are always looking to make friends. They don’t care what you look like or what background you come from, they just want someone new to laugh and be happy with. And by default, happy people are friendly; everyone wants to be happy as well and are drawn to them.
If you know a friendly person who is always making fun of others to bring them down, then they aren’t a really happy person. They’re an a**hole and there’s something inside of them that they are insecure about.
4. Laugh & Smile
This habit goes along with being friendly. I have never seen a happy person not smile or laugh. It just isn’t physically possible. However, a really happy person smiles so much that they’ve turned it into a habit. You might even see them smiling for no real reason, it’s that natural to them. Laughing is another mandatory habit of really happy people. If you or they aren’t laughing, then there’s no true happiness.
5. Live in the moment
Really happy people make the most of every minute and day they have. They aren’t going to wait to have fun; they’re going to create fun now.
6. Push aside their troubles
Even if a happy person can’t find or create the positive side of a situation, they do the next best thing: they push it aside. They forget about it and move on because they know it’s only temporary and they know they can make their troubles leave even sooner.
7. Laugh in the face of fear
Just like the rest of us, really happy people have fears. Most of the time they just don’t display it. Happy people make jokes to lighten the mood and to make others feel more relaxed so they will too.
Are you happy? What habits do you practice to cultivate your happiness and happiness in others? Share in our comments section below and spread some happiness!
*Author’s Note (August 2014)
This article’s title pays homage to the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
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