Why are happy people so, well, happy? I can give you three solid reasons right now—these are things I’ve started doing that have led to greater happiness in my life, every day.
“Life is a journey. And if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” – Peter Hagerty
We lose our way. We lose balance. Always remind yourself that you can begin again. Let your happiness be a journey. This is a worthwhile journey to be on, trust me.
3 Things Happy People Do Consistently
1. Happy people are mindful.
Whenever a feeling of guilt or regret starts creeping in, I get mindful of the moment and all my blessings. I sometimes close my eyes and sink into the present, because I know it’s the only time that positive change can be activated. I savor something that puts a smile on my face.
The point is not that we’ve made a mistake but that we can move forward again. No matter where we’d like to be, we must always start right here.
2. Happy people are grateful.
Whenever a feeling of overwhelm starts creeping in, I literally say, “I am grateful.” I really do thank life for the beautiful people and experiences I’ve been blessed to know. I offer up my gratitude to the universe, and I recommend you do the same. Write it down.
Extend your gratitude and you shall receive much more happiness than you ever could without it.
3. Happy people take responsibility for their happiness.
Happy people take a risk: They take responsibility for how their life unfolds. This doesn’t mean everything is your fault. This isn’t about who’s at fault. The Blame Game has no room in a happy home (you are home to your happiness), so don’t let it overstay it’s welcome. This is about taking back your power to change your reality.
Be willing to acknowledge how you’ve been letting external things dictate your inner world, because the power to thoroughly enjoy life is inside of you.
If you’ve been feeling a bit negative lately, and even if you’re feeling really good, keep coming back to these three practices:
- Be mindful.
- Be grateful.
- Take responsibility for your happiness.
No matter where you are on your happiness journey, you can apply these three practices. Remember, there is always space to grow, and happiness is definitely a practice.
Of course, there are plenty more things that happy people practice to infuse more joy into their day-to-day lives. Read the second post in this series for three more things happy people do.
- What reminds you to pause and be grateful during the day?
- What does “taking responsibility” for your happiness mean to you? How do you own your internal experiences?
Please share your thoughts, lessons in happiness, and any stories of a positive shift with me in the comments.
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Joy is always available, without conditions. Our task is to soften our resistance to it, to heighten our receptivity to the constant stream.
Free watercolor clip art by Angie Makes; lettering by Aim Happy.