We’ve all known people who just seem to be perpetually happy. Always in a good mood. Always smiling. Always going with the flow, happy with the hand that life has dealt them.
Maybe you assumed these happy people are just naturally happy, or blessed with an easy life, or in the most loving, idyllic relationship ever.
Or maybe they’ve simply got a secret recipe for happiness that they haven’t shared with the rest of the world.
The truth is, happy people make specific choices about their thoughts and their actions. Happy people choose to think and behave in ways that result in happiness and contentment. Following are 5 things happy people do every day that many of us never give a second thought.
5 Things Happy People Do Every Day
1. They choose to be OPTIMISTIC
Happy people choose to see the glass as half full, while others among us choose a more pessimistic outlook and see the glass as half empty.
Optimistic thinking does not just happen – it is a conscious choice to see life from a positive perspective. Optimistic people are that way because they CHOOSE to be that way.
Instead of allowing their inner child to be in charge and live life from an immature standpoint, happy people put their loving adult self in charge and open to the wonderful possibilities that life has to offer.
Happy people realize that their thoughts are the beginning of a creative process that leads to manifestation. By thinking in positive ways, they move themselves to act in ways that manifest their dreams.
2. They choose KINDNESS
Happy people choose to be kind and compassionate to themselves and others. They have learned that how they treat themselves and others has an impact on how they feel toward the world.
Happy people do not wait to be happy before being kind to themselves and others. They realize that their happiness is the RESULT of their caring behavior, not the CAUSE of it. They are kind, caring, and compassionate whether or not they feel like it. They have chosen this way of being, and their happiness is the result.
3. They choose FORGIVENESS
Happy people do not harbor resentment toward others, even those who have been mean and hurtful toward them. They realize that resentment leads to bitterness, which leads to discontent and unhappiness, so they choose to grant others their humanness and forgive them their hurtful ways.
Unforgiveness is a heavy burden to carry, day in and day out. It is important to remember that when you forgive someone’s transgressions toward you, that forgiveness is just as important to you as it is to them. You can finally lay that burden down and you don’t have to live with it any longer.
4. They choose ACCEPTANCE
Happy people recognize what they can control and what is beyond their grasp. They live by the Serenity Prayer, accepting the things they cannot change and working hard to change the things they can.
Unhappy people are constantly trying to change people and circumstances, and they do not accept their lack of control. As a result, they are constantly frustrated, angry, and hurtful toward others.
Happy people realize they cannot control other people or outcomes, so they focus on what they can control in their own thinking and behavior. Acceptance of what they can and cannot control leads to happiness and inner peace.
5. They choose GRATITUDE
Finally, happy people are consistently thankful for what they have, instead of lamenting what they don’t have. They notice the many gifts and blessings that come their way each day, no matter how small. They frequently express gratitude for the everyday things in life as well as the beauty of nature, the smile on a friend’s face, their ability to see, hear, walk, talk.
It is true that there is always something to be grateful for, and when you constantly look for the things in life that you’ve been blessed with, no matter how big or small, happiness will come more readily to you.
Something else that happy people do is they avoid limiting beliefs that can rob them of contentment.
If you want to be happy, then you must recognize that happiness is the result of your thinking and behavior. Buddha said, “What you think, you become,” and that’s so true. Fill your head with positive, happy, grateful thoughts, and watch your life start to change!
Do you choose happiness each day?
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