[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own.]
I’ve been alive for 27 years and have met many people over that time—in high school, college, on a daily basis, and at work. I’ve seen that some of them do things differently than others. Things a happy people does differently.
“Happiness is a way of thinking.” And if you want to boost your potential to achieve happiness, consider these eight things that happy people do differently.
They achieve a feeling of balance in their lives
People that are happy share one characteristic: they are pleased with what they have and do not waste time worrying and sweating about what they do not have. People who are unhappy do the opposite: they spend too much time worrying about what they do not have.
As the only child in the family, I am extremely grateful for all I have and for everything my parents have done for me. Working as a translator also allows you to spend more time with family. Of course, I was angry with myself and my parents at times, but I’m always good at controlling my emotions, and having a work-life balance is quite beneficial.
Happy people live balanced lives. This means they make time for everything that is important to them, whether it is family, friends, work, health, religion, or anything else.
They follow the golden rule
You know that saying you heard when you were a kid: “You should treat others as you would like to be treated.” Happy people, on the other hand, fully represent this principle. They respect others. They are sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others. They’re kind. And they are treated this way in return (most of the time).
They don’t worry about small matters
One of the most noticeable differences between happy and unhappy people is that happy people let things go. Bad things do happen to good people from time to time. Happy people understand this, are able to accept it, and continue their lives.
I don’t like to be concerned about trivial stuff. Sure, I can think about it and come up with a solution, but I don’t want to think about it all day. When I make mistakes, I try to accept them, fix them, and move on. Unhappy people prefer to dwell on small problems and concerns, which can create feelings of despair, guilt, resentment, selfishness, and wrath.
They surround themselves with other happy people
You are aware that life is not always filled with joy. There will be bad days. As a result, when awful things happen, I prefer to surround myself with happy and optimistic people. They are the ones who make bad days better.
Unhappy people seek out those who share their unpleasant feelings. Spend more time with your happiest friends or family members if you’re experiencing unhappiness, depression, worry, or anger. You’ll probably notice that their optimistic attitude rubs off on you.
They take responsibility for their actions
Happy people are well aware that they aren’t perfect. When they make a mistake, they speak up about it. I have made numerous mistakes when translating documents or stories. And I’m aware of this, and I’m keen to improve myself by learning and practicing a lot. I also started my own blog and write English articles every day to better my grammar. Unhappy people tend to blame others and make excuses for why things don’t go their way.
They are passionate
Another thing that happy people have in common is the ability to find and pursue their life’s passions. People who are happy have found what they were looking for and spend their time doing what they enjoy.
They show signs of happiness
This may seem obvious, yet there is a significant difference between happy and unhappy people. Imagine your happiest friends. Most likely, your mental picture of them is one of them smiling, laughing, and seeming really happy. Those who are unhappy, on the other hand, prefer to appear as such. Their posture may be slouched, and they may appear unconfident.
They live in the present
Happy people live in the present moment, whereas unhappy people tend to focus on the past and worry about the future. They appreciate “the now” and concentrate their efforts on living life to the fullest in the now. Their life ideology is: “There’s a reason it’s called the present. Because life is a gift.”
So, if you want to bring a little more happiness into your life, consider the eight principles listed above and how you might apply them to improve yourself.
Are you one of the happy people? What things do you do to be happy people?