Happy Thursday, guys!! This weekend is right around the corner!
I came across a post yesterday, on Huffington Post, covering 12 things happy people do differently and it got me thinking about why some people are happier than others. Of course, there are obvious reasons why some people may or may not be as happy as others; like sickness, money problems, and/or relationship troubles. However, for the most part I believe that there are certain traits or habits that happy people possess.
Who doesn’t want to be happy? And studies show that happy people are healthier…. a win-win! It’s never too late to rewire your brain to think more positively, research shows that with a little work, you can actually make yourself happier. Below, I’ve compiled 5 habits that you can easily embrace to be a happier person.
The number one way to make yourself feel happier is to have gratitude. Studies show that grateful people have lower rates of depression. Take a few minutes each day to think about what you are grateful for, in your life…. even the little things. When I’m irritated about having to unload or load the dishwasher, I try to think about how grateful I am that I even have a dishwasher.
Cherishing and developing good social relationships will you make you a happier person. It’s way more important to have a few REALLY great relationships, than tons of not so great friends.
I think by now, we’re all aware how important exercise is, not only for our bodies, but for our mental state. Multiple studies have shown that exercise increases happiness and lowers depression. I actually came across a study conducted on people who were clinically depressed that showed consistent exercise raised happiness levels just as much as Zoloft.
Along the same lines as exercise, healthy eating affects our energy and behavior. Eat foods like walnuts, spinach and salmon to improve your mood. Not only does eating healthfully increase your mood, but just being healthy makes you happier.
I feel that being optimistic is one of the top reasons I’m such a happy person. I naturally don’t dwell or stress out over the negative. Of course, I have my moments, but typically I choose to believe the good will come and every closed door leads to an open door.
Something to think about…..
What strategies do you use to stay happy?
Which of the above, do you think is the most important habit to stay happy?
What strategy should be added to the above list?
Have a VERY happy Thursday!