- 11 Habits Of The Happiest People
- 11 Habits of Happy People – Health and Wellness
- The 11 Habits of Happy People
- 1. Have a sense of control
- 2. Be optimistic
- 3. Be a “victor” not a “victim”
- 4. Build and Grow Social Connections
- 5. Live in the moment
- 6. Accept what cannot be changed
- 7. Seek out meaning and purpose
- 8. Forgive and let go of negativity
- 9. Have respect and compassion for self and others
- 10. Know you are worthy of happiness
- 11. Be hopeful and resilient
- 11 Habits of Supremely Happy People
- Bringing It All Together
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11 Habits Of The Happiest People
Some of the most powerful habits and traits that happy people possess are not what you'd expect. They're simple and profound.
When you read them, you may be glad to notice you already have some of these habits naturally, while others may stick out as areas you'd to cultivate.
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Don't feel you have to be or do all these things at once. Developing new habits, retraining your brain, and shifting your mindsets take time and dedication before the magical change happens and they become second nature. It's an ongoing process, and the key is willingness and dedication to doing the work.
Here are the 11 habits of the happiest people to get you started on your journey toward lasting happiness.
1. Be deliberately optimistic.
Some people are naturally optimistic, and science has even proved that optimistic women have healthier hearts.
But just because they're natural optimists doesn't mean they always carry a positive attitude. Just positivity can become a habit, so can negativity.
Even naturally optimistic people sometimes have to make an effort to be positive and do it deliberately.
The happiest people know an optimistic outlook is imperative to emotional wellness, quality of life, and even the outcome of some situations.
As a result, they put added deliberate effort into being positive and encouraging others to be positive as well.
Even if you're not optimistic by nature, you can change that nature by doing the daily work of mindfully shifting to a positive point of view about what each day may bring and any situations that come up in your life.
Living with a positive outlook and seeing the best in every situation is something we can choose. It's also contagious. When you're optimistic, you will elevate the energy of the people around you, creating a cycle of positivity that lifts everyone up.
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2. Prioritize mindfully.
Happy people have trained themselves to align their choices, intentions, and actions with the highest priorities of love, happiness, and health. They put joy, love, health, and passion first; the rest follows. They dismiss what's unimportant, and they largely ignore trivial minutiae.
Focusing on these 17 positive habits is a great way to start, but remember that happy people keep an inner flow of mindsets and priorities that positively support them (while saying no to what's alignment).
Happy people focus on what is wholly aligned with the life they truly desire and freely let the rest fall away without guilt.
This includes regularly examining and spotting even small joy drains they might be tolerating in their lives, and quickly making edits.
With awareness, you can train your mind to do this, and you'll notice yourself not caring about or being bothered by the little stuff that used to annoy the hell you, because your thoughts and energy are way too valuable to be spent on those things any longer.
Your top priorities in life should be your health, your happiness, and making sure everything you do and every choice you make comes from a place of love. If you do this, everything else falls into place. Life becomes much easier and more peaceful. Every thought or action you have should somehow, in some way, circle back to one of those three fundamental priorities.
3. Keep resources on hand to create an instant uplift.
Happy people are highly aware of the specific things that lift them up, and they naturally and frequently use them when they need a physical and/or emotional boost.
Everyone's different, but we all have those little spirit-lifters that instantly make us feel lighter, happier, and more energized.
These resources cost very little or nothing at all and don't take a ton of effort, but they provide noticeable results. It's all about creating the habit of reaching for them much more often.
Create your own list of a few easy things that never fail to give you an instant mood or energy lift (maybe you take a minute to do a gratitude dance, get a manicure, or enjoy a delicious and refreshing green smoothie).
Then begin to work them into your life as little happiness habits.
Create a regular cycle of small, happy items and experiences that can be a standard part of your daily routine (not just occasionally), as well as be there for you when you need an extra boost.
4. Put yourself first.
The word selfish is unfairly vilified. The truth is, sometimes being a bit selfish is actually the best thing we can do for the people we care about. The happiest people frequently tune in to their own needs—without hesitation—and make their own happiness a top priority, which then helps them bring their A game to the people and projects in their lives.
If you were taking radical, incredible care of yourself more of the time (follow these 3 simple steps to loving yourself more), how would the way you show up in the world change? Think about how your life, certain relationships, and parts of your work might improve dramatically.
When taking care of yourself first, you're also taking care of everyone else who matters in the process, and knowing this will make it so much easier to focus on. Radical, loving, enthusiastic care of your body, mind, and spirit should always be No. 1. It's the way to be your most incredible self on every level.
5. Be a prolific seeker.
In the same way a bee buzzes around seeking pollen from flowers, the happiest people resourcefully seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth, and powerful meaning in all areas of life.
They're constantly in search of opportunities to marvel even at the smallest things, and they view life as a classroom packed with lessons and chances to flourish emotionally and spiritually. They drink it all in.
This is a quality that can be cultivated and practiced until it becomes second nature, and it's a major part of overall happiness.
To nourish and grow the seeker within you, try these simple exercises that will help awaken your inner seeker and train your mind to always look for light and wonder:
1. In the room you're in now, take a few minutes to look around at the everyday objects surrounding you. Think about the people involved in bringing those simple objects to the world.
Begin to look at everything in the world this way, from the smallest objects to the tallest buildings.
This way of looking at objects around you will make beautiful things visual art, music, and nature seem even more magical and amazing.
2. Always look for meaning and ways to grow. Lessons are everywhere if we choose to see them. From dreams we have at night to challenging situations we face, there are messages throughout. Seek them out and let them fill your heart with wisdom and appreciation.
6. Don't make things personal.
Here's a fact that can be hard to accept, but when we do, it's life changing. Ready? Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you. Ever.
Isn't that a huge relief when you really think about it? Here's the thing: It's their stuff. When others talk about you, do things you feel are against you, or try to wrap you up in unnecessary drama, it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with their own interests and junk.
By resisting the temptation to make things about us, we increase our own happiness and peace while at the same time finding more compassion and understanding for the plights and motives of others.
The happiest people have the habit of going straight to this inner knowing that it's not about them anytime a relevant situation comes up, and you can even engage in a quick meditation for compassion that'll reignite your positivity.
Speak, act, receive, and perceive from a place of love and compassion, and many of the things that used to seem negative or personal will transform into opportunities for progress, forgiveness, and illumination.
7. Examine the worst that can happen.
Yes, at first this sounds negative, but here's a thought: We tend to think that the “worst that can happen” in many situations is much worse than it actually is.
This can cause us to make decisions fear instead of reality.
In many situations, if we really take a moment to ask ourselves, “What's the worst that can happen here?” the honest answer we receive will be much different from the scenario we were tempted to base decisions on.
The happiest people know how powerful a careful examination of consequences can be. This can offer an entirely new perspective that can change many outcomes and greatly assist us in making more empowering decisions.
Many of the limitations we're placing on ourselves aren't real—they're illusions. Instead, follow these four tips to conquer your biggest fears and notice that the habit of taking the time to examine “the worst that can happen” when making decisions or going after our dreams can bring us to an incredible place of fearlessness, peace, and personal power.
8. Practice loving-kindness.
It sounds simple, but consistently practicing loving-kindness is not as easy as it sounds. Of course, we make an effort to be kind and loving toward others, but the pressures and distractions of daily life can sometimes take energy from that focus.
The happiest, most successful people are in the habit of allowing kindness to be one of the driving forces behind much of what they do in the world. After all, few things amp up happiness the feeling of doing something kind for another being, human or animal, and loving all the animals in your life is just step one.
Focus on expanding the energy of loving-kindness in your life, and you'll expand the way you experience your life in beautiful ways.
9. Be aware of your energy.
We are very intuitive and energetically sensitive beings. The vibes in our space can affect our joy and energy the same way a dimmer on a light switch can change the brightness of a bulb. You get to decide on the quality of the energy you create and allow into your life, which is huge.
Be careful of what kind of energy you allow others to bring into your space (steer clear of negative or heavy energy as much as possible). This also goes for energy created by television, social media, and your surroundings.
Tune in frequently, evaluate, and examine the quality of the energy within and around you, noticing what needs to be adjusted or abandoned, then shift accordingly.
A great way to begin creating this habit is to regularly ask yourself, “How is my energy right now?” or “Is the energy within and around me the best it can be right now?”
Upgrade your body by following these three commandments of increased energy and change your life. Don't you love the simplicity in that?
10. Let life move you.
French author and philosopher Albert Camus once said, “Live to the point of tears.” The happiest people stay so open to the beauty of life, they receive rushes of awe and complete wonder on a regular basis on multiple levels.
Tears can be wonderful, and never underestimate the benefits of a good cry. We typically associate tears with sorrow, but there are also tears of joy, compassion, relief, and gratitude.
When was the last time you can remember shedding tears other than tears of sorrow? Opening up and allowing the kinds of emotions to emanate from within that can inspire the levels of positive emotions that move us to tears is a skill worth practicing.
Give yourself permission to experience all things more deeply and fully, to allow passion to live in everything you feel, and to be perpetually amazed and moved by life. It's a beautiful way of being.
11. Be aware of the media you're consuming.
Social media is here to stay, as is the idea of literally millions of choices of what to watch, listen to, and read. Negativity, violence, an exhausting overload of hyped-up news, and offensive click-bait headlines are everywhere, draining our naturally positive energy.
It's all creating a perpetual game of Whack-A-Mole inside our heads. Our minds must have room to wander to stay healthy and vibrant.
We're literally losing our ability to allow our minds to simply wander freely for more than a few seconds at a time, but a few changes can help slow down time using modern hacks.
We must begin to adapt and change our habits in this area. We have to be more vigilant than ever about mindfully choosing media that lifts us up and contributes to our highest quality of life, while at the same time filtering out much of the negative.
The article 11 Habits of the Happiest People originally ran on RodaleWellness.com.
11 Habits of Happy People – Health and Wellness
- Adopt a few of these daily habits for a happier, more satisfying life.Photo by iStock
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For centuries, people have struggled with this question: What is the secret to happiness? Many have turned to possessions, social status, appearance and even career success, but most have found that the answer isn’t hidden in such pursuits. Recently, science has started to look at this age-old question analytically.
As it turns out, happiness isn’t about feeling good all the time or even about how much money we have.
Instead, research suggests it’s a combination of how satisfied we are with life and how good we feel on a day-to-day basis, according to Happify, a website that creates science-based activities to help people achieve a more fulfilling life.
A number of factors outside of our control can negatively affect our happiness: About 50 percent of our “happiness set-point” is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary, according to the Association for Psychological Science.
In addition, 10 percent of our happiness set-point is determined by circumstances such as our health, income or significant life events such as divorce.
Yet that leaves 40 percent fully within our control, meaning happiness is a skill we can strengthen through positive thoughts, actions and behaviors.
Research shows us that the habits of extremely happy people differ from the average American—try adopting some of these day-to-day habits for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Be More Social: After researching how extremely happy people differ from the rest of us, Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, discovered one key ingredient: “They’re not more religious, they’re not in better shape, they don’t have more money, they’re not better looking, they don’t have more good events and fewer bad events,” Seligman said in his 2004 TED Talk, “The New Era of Positive Psychology.” “The one way in which they differ is they’re extremely social.” The size of your network doesn’t seem to make a difference—quality trumps quantity. Participate in activities you enjoy and build a strong support system.
2. Spend Wisely: Research results regarding the connection between money and happiness may not shock you—people with higher incomes are happier than those who struggle to get by. But that doesn’t mean money itself can buy happiness—what matters is how people spend their money.
Giving our money away (for example, to charitable organizations or a friend in need) makes us a lot happier than buying something new for ourselves.
When we do spend money on ourselves, we’re happier when we use it for experiences such as travel, dinners out with friends and family, or attending concerts and other events, rather than material goods.
3. Prioritize Your Health: Happy people are healthy people, as studies indicate that happy people have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, have stronger immune systems and heal faster after injuries.
To enhance your health, exercise often (brisk walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day can do a world of good) and stick to a healthful diet (for wise-eating tips, read “How to Eat Yourself Happy”).
Regular exercise is also associated with a lower incidence of depression and can help you feel better about your body—even if you don’t notice any outward physical changes, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology.
Spend Time with Happy People: People who surround themselves with happy, uplifting people are more ly to become happy in the future, according to a study published in a 2008 issue of BMJ.
The study showed that the happiness of an individual is associated with the happiness of the people with whom they surround themselves, including siblings, spouses, friends, even friends of friends.
5. Be Altruistic: Studies show a significant association between happiness and caring for someone else’s well-being.
“When you do something philanthropic to help another person, it lasts and lasts,” Seligman says.
Volunteer your time to a charitable organization, commit a monthly donation to a nonprofit, or reach out to a person in your life who is struggling with something.
6. Sleep Well: Getting adequate sleep can result in a happier, healthier you, according to the American Psychological Association. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep each night, and while naps are wonderful, they aren’t a substitute for healthful nightly sleep habits. For many tips and lifestyle habits to get a better night’s sleep, read The Power of Sleep.
7. Unplug: While smartphones make it easy for us to keep in touch with one another, some researchers believe excessive use of technology can lead to more impatient, impulsive people.
Finding ways to limit use of gadgets can help us reconnect with ourselves. Happiness expert Christine Carter recommends turning off your phone during dinner or from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Disconnecting from technology for just one day may even increase our productivity, according to a report from the Redesigning and Redefining Work project.
8. Go Outside: After you’ve unplugged for a day, spend some time outdoors.
A University of Michigan study discovered cognitive benefits from a simple walk through the woods—it turns out that a little quiet time is essential to optimizing brain function.
In addition, sunlight and physical activity have both been shown to elevate mood, as reported by the Harvard Medical School.
9. Practice Gratitude: Gratitude, broadly defined as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself, can be as simple as appreciating your family or getting lost in the beauty of a sunset. If being grateful isn’t something that comes easily to you, start a gratitude journal, noting moments in your life in which you felt thankful.
10. Laugh Often: Studies show that mirthful laughter that stems from real joy can relieve stress and brighten our moods.
A study presented at the 2010 Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, California, revealed that repetitive laughter can affect hormones in the same way that exercise does (although this doesn’t mean you should skip your exercise routine).
The mere act of smiling reduces blood pressure, lowers stress hormones and boosts mood, according to a British study.
11. Don’t Dwell on the Negative: Keeping a positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring any negativity in your life. But rehashing negative thoughts again and again is counterproductive and can sometimes lead to chronic depression.
To refocus your mind, the Mayo Clinic recommends identifying areas of your life you typically think negatively about. Focus on approaching that area in a different, more positive way.
You can also practice the act of positive self-talk: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else.
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The 11 Habits of Happy People
Editors note: This is a guest post written by Judy Belmont (www.judybelmont.com) a mental health and wellness media expert, author and speaker.
“True wealth comes not from having more but in wanting less.” – The Augusta Chronicle
“When I finish school I’ll be happy.”
“When I get married I’ll be happy.” “When I get divorced I’ll be happy.” “When I move I’ll be happy.” “When I’ll get a new job I’ll be happy.” “When my kids finally get settled I’ll be happy.” The list goes on and on. There is no shortage of enticements that give us the illusion that our happiness depends on something outside of ourselves.
We are constantly barraged by advertisements and commercials that support the notion we need what they have to be more popular, prettier, cooler, and successful. It seems as if our happiness depends on it! The irony is that we are all too often looking for happiness in all the wrong places, just as singer Kenny Rodgers laments that we do for love.
In fact studies have shown that people are notoriously bad at predicting what makes them happy. After the initial “high” of having achieved what they thought would bring them happiness, the level of satisfaction levels off when they become habituated to the new norm.
While many of us can not help but be tempted to look outwardly for our happiness, hinging so much on money, success, status and acquisitions, research has repeatedly shown that as long as basic needs for food, shelter, and loving relationships exist, happiness depends more on what goes on between our ears than anything else.
So, instead of looking “out there” for positive feelings start looking at what’s going on “in here,” between your own two ears. One way to do this is to learn some common habits of happy people. Here are the lessons we can learn from the healthy habits of happy people:
1. Have a sense of control
They focus more on changing what they can rather than feeling stuck and immobilized trying to change the things they can’t. Rather than being a fly banging repeatedly against a closed window, they accept what can’t be changed and focus more on what they can do about it. They refuse to live in the land of “If Onlys,” What ifs,” and “Woudla Coulda Shouldas.”
2. Be optimistic
Happy people are optimistic. They do not defeat themselves with exaggerated or irrational thinking habits that immobilize less healthy people. They stick more to the facts, and less to interpretations and judgments that lead to self-labeling with derogatory terms, such as “loser” “lazy” “bad” or “selfish.”
3. Be a “victor” not a “victim”
They have healthy self-talk, and think in “victor” language and not “victim “ language. Instead of blaming others for “pushing their buttons” they take responsibility for their own reactions and realize their buttons are their own business and in their control.
4. Build and Grow Social Connections
As they age, happy people widen their social network instead of having it shrink.
They continue to meet new people, make new friends, share interests with others, experience new things, and reach out to others for support.
As people in their life fade and transition, they never stop making new connections and opportunities for sharing. They refuse to be “rocks” or “islands” separate from others.
5. Live in the moment
Happy people tend to be present focused. They are mindful of life around them in the present, and do not live in their yesterdays or hold out for a better tomorrow. They learn from the past, and use it as a guidepost and not a hitching post. They know what is done is done, and reworking the past will not change the outcome. They prefer to focus on making today count.
6. Accept what cannot be changed
Happy people accept the fact that life is not fair. They realize that no one ever promised them a rose garden, and if they did, they were wrong. Instead, they focus in sowing the seeds of their own happiness without a sense of entitlement.
7. Seek out meaning and purpose
The habit of proactivity, rather than reactivity, sets the stage for an involved life in which happy people feel a sense of importance and commitment to things outside of themselves. They want to help the world be a better place and don’t leave it up to chance or “wishing and hoping” to make a difference in the world.
8. Forgive and let go of negativity
There is no place for bitterness and grudges in the habits of happy people. They realize that forgiveness is a gift they give to themselves by not having negativity and bitterness take hold of their attitudes. They love themselves too much to want to be harboring such negativity.
9. Have respect and compassion for self and others
Happy people tend to be self-confident and communicate tactfully and assertively. They express their feelings and thoughts honestly without undue fear of being critiqued or being judged as “wrong.” They respect themselves and others, and their goal is not to change others, just themselves.
10. Know you are worthy of happiness
Happy people themselves. They feel good about themselves, are proud of who they are and accept themselves, flaws and all. They are not too embarrassed to think of themselves as just totally awesome and remarkable.
11. Be hopeful and resilient
Happy people keep hope alive. Rather than be defined by their mistakes, failures and disappointments, they hold hope that they can learn from these setbacks and do not keep their negative thoughts on life support. No matter what, there is hope for a better day.
They make every day a new beginning and a fresh start, using lessons learned to start anew, wiser than the day before.
What about you? How many of these habits do you have? I would love to hear! Do you possess these habits of happy people? The more of these habits you have, the more you will find happiness in your life! This is a guest post written by Judy Belmont ( @judybelmont).
Judy is a mental health and wellness media expert, author and speaker. She is a licensed psychotherapist and the co-author of the newly released “The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life!” On www.judybelmont.com she offers tips and resources for creating a positive life, including original pictorial quotes called Daily Positive Inspirations.
11 Habits of Supremely Happy People
Originally published by Dr. Travis Bradberry on LinkedIn: 11 Habits of Supremely Happy People
We’re always chasing something—be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads to the belief that, “When (blank) happens, I’ll finally be happy.”
While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows this happiness doesn’t last. A study from Northwestern University measured the happiness levels of regular people against those who had won large lottery prizes the year prior. The researchers were surprised to discover that the happiness ratings of both groups were practically identical.
The mistaken notion that major life events dictate your happiness and sadness is so prevalent that psychologists have a name for it: impact bias. The reality is, event-based happiness is fleeting.
Happiness is synthetic—you either create it, or you don’t. Happiness that lasts is earned through your habits. Supremely happy people have honed habits that maintain their happiness day in, day out. Try out their habits, and see what they do for you:
They slow down to appreciate life’s little pleasures. By nature, we fall into routines. In some ways, this is a good thing. It saves precious brainpower and creates comfort.
However, sometimes you get so caught up in your routine that you fail to appreciate the little things in life.
Happy people know how important it is to savor the taste of their meal, revel in the amazing conversation they just had, or even just step outside to take a deep breath of fresh air.
They exercise. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Happy people schedule regular exercise and follow through on it because they know it pays huge dividends for their mood.
They spend money on other people. Research shows that spending money on other people makes you much happier than spending it on yourself. This is especially true of small things that demonstrate effort, such as going your way to buy your friend a book that you know they will .
They surround themselves with the right people. Happiness spreads through people. Surrounding yourself with happy people builds confidence, stimulates creativity, and it’s flat-out fun. Hanging around negative people has the opposite effect.
They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves.
Think of it this way: If a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with negative people.
They stay positive. Bad things happen to everyone, including happy people. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, happy people reflect on everything they’re grateful for. Then they find the best solution available to the problem, tackle it, and move on. Nothing fuels unhappiness quite pessimism.
The problem with a pessimistic attitude, apart from the damage it does to your mood, is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect bad things, you’re more ly to experience negative events. Pessimistic thoughts are hard to shake off until you recognize how illogical they are.
Force yourself to look at the facts, and you’ll see that things are not nearly as bad as they seem.
They get enough sleep. I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to improving your mood, focus, and self-control. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, removing toxic proteins that accumulate during the day as byproducts of normal neuronal activity.
This ensures that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your energy, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough quality sleep. Sleep deprivation also raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present.
Happy people make sleep a priority, because it makes them feel great and they know how lousy they feel when they’re sleep deprived.
They have deep conversations. Happy people know that happiness and substance go hand-in-hand. They avoid gossip, small talk, and judging others. Instead they focus on meaningful interactions. They engage with other people on a deeper level, because they know that doing so feels good, builds an emotional connection, and is an interesting way to learn.
They help others. Taking the time to help people not only makes them happy, but it also makes you happy. Helping other people gives you a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which create good feelings.
In a Harvard study, employees who helped others were 10 times more ly to be focused at work and 40% more ly to get a promotion. The same study showed that people who consistently provided social support were the most ly to be happy during times of high stress.
As long as you make certain that you aren’t overcommitting yourself, helping others is sure to have a positive influence on your mood.
They make an effort to be happy. No one wakes up feeling happy every day and supremely happy people are no exception. They just work at it harder than everyone else.
They know how easy it is to get sucked into a routine where you don’t monitor your emotions or actively try to be happy and positive.
Happy people constantly evaluate their moods and make decisions with their happiness in mind.
They do things in-person. Happy people only let technology do their talking when absolutely necessary. The human brain is wired for in-person interaction, so happy people will jump at the chance to drive across town to see a friend or meet face-to-face because it makes them feel good.
They have a growth mindset. People’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change.
This creates problems when you’re challenged, because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. This makes them happier because they are better at handling difficulties.
They also outperform those with a fixed mindset because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.
Bringing It All Together
Happiness can be tough to maintain, but investing in the right habits pays off. Adopting even a few of the habits from this list will make a big difference in your mood.
What other habits make you happy? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.
Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies.
His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc.
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