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9 Habits of Happy People

11 Apr 2016 by Venetia Sng

We don’t really need a lot of material things or lose a few kilograms to be happy. Happiness doesn’t come from wealth, looks or anything else external, it comes from within. Which is why if you want to be truly happy, take a look at yourself and work from there. There are a certain set of habits (tested and proven) that you can adopt and there’s a high chance that you will feel happy too.

#1 Let Go Of Grudges

Holding on to a grudge does more harm to you than the person who offended you, so why jeopardise your happiness for someone who mightn’t even notice it? Let go of all the resentment, anger and other negative emotions so that there will be space for positive emotions to flow in. Remember, forgive and forget.

#2 Regarding Problems As Challenges

Instead of seeing an obstacle you face as a problem, view it as a challenge. See it as an opportunity to improve yourself and change for the better. Delete the word “problem” from your dictionary!

#3 Avoid Making Excuses

When something doesn’t go your way, instead of putting the blame on others, take responsibility for your misstep. It’s not easy but once you get through it, you’d be able to rise above bigger problems and have a positive outlook in life.

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#4 Surround Yourself With Positive People

Humans are social animals and we are often (whether we like it or not) influenced by the ones closest to us. Which is why you have to surround yourself with people who are optimistic and happy so that you’d be around positive energy all the time.

#5 Speak Well of Others

It feels good to to be included when your friends/colleagues are gossiping about others ’cause at least you’re not the one they’re talking bad about right? Even if you don’t contribute to the conversation, just by standing there is like taking a bath in negative emotions and you’re soaking in all that. If you’re ever caught in a situation like that again, make it a point to say nice things about whom they’re talking about, it’ll help you have a positive mindset and maybe influence the rest as well.

#6 Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

Everyone is a unique individual so don’t go comparing yourself to those around you. Fostering an unhealthy sense of superiority/inferiority to others will hinder your own path to success. Look at your own progress and measure your own worth from there.

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#7 Spend More Money on Experiences

Buying experiences tend to make us happier as we’re more inclined to look back on them like a holiday trip, eating at a special restaurant or having the time of our lives at an amusement park. Spending your money on material goods may bring you happiness but they are (most of the time) short termed.

#8 Exercise

It is scientifically proven that exercising does make one happier as it boosts levels of endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals. Exercising reduces the stress hormones and is a proven remedy for anxiety and depression. Get rid of that inertia and get yourself going! 

#9 Accept What Cannot Be Changed 

Life isn’t fair and not everything will go your way, but hey that’s perfectly okay! Learn to accept things that you cannot change and put your energy into things that you can, and you’ll see the world in a different light.
 
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What’s your secret to staying happy? Share it with us by commenting below!

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