The 5 Secrets of Truly Happy People
Happiness… that indefinable yet ever-desired state of mind and being that we all so desperately crave; books have been written, thousands of talks and sermons given, and hundreds of movies produced to show and teach us how to be happy. Yet, it would appear that for most people, happiness is an abstract concept; something that is out of reach.
Thankfully, there are a few people who seem to be truly happy regardless of their status, position, wealth –or lack of it- and health. These folks seem to radiate a peace, a joy, an inner serenity that most people want and desire. So, what are they doing that others aren’t? What habits do they have or lifestyle choices did they make to become happy?
1. They Love Their Jobs
If you think about it, most people spend a considerable part of their waking hours at work. So, it makes sense that if they like what they’re doing and are passionate about their jobs, they’d definitely be happier.
So, if you have a job that makes you feel like you’re not thriving as well as you should, you might want to start looking for another job or start your own business –after proper research of course. Granted, the economy isn’t good, but if you look for an alternative whilst still holding down the job you have right now, you just might find what you love.
2. They Enjoy the Little Things
It’s true that there are huge problems in the world and in our lives. But, most happy people seem to thrive on and even emphasize enjoying the little things. Something as simple as holding a baby’s hands, smelling the roses, indulging in aromatherapy, pausing for a moment to take in the beauty of the sunset, laughing more, listening to music, enjoying a tasty meal, eating healthier, connecting with loved ones and enjoying the seemingly “small” blessings that come your way can help you stay happy.
3. They Give of Themselves
There’s a reason suicide rates are higher now than ever: people are too self-absorbed. Someone once said that you cannot be depressed when you’re helping others. Most happy people give of themselves. They are often involved in charity organizations, are active in their community, willing to help, interested in others, teach kids, and counsel people. This is not surprising seeing as focusing on other people is bound to keep you positively engaged.
4. They Understand that Happiness is Cultivated
Okay, this might come as shocker to most people, but it is the truth. Happiness is a habit; it’s a decision you make. It is cultivated and nurtured until it becomes a part of you. If you doubt this, let’s do a quick experiment. Go look in the mirror and smile a really big smile. Smile like you would when you reconnect with a long lost dear friend. How did that feel? I’m willing to bet that you already feel happier and more optimistic. Cultivating habits like this can go a long way in helping you feel good about yourself.
5. They Choose to Let Go
Have you noticed how laid back and relaxed happy people seem to be? There’s a secret, and it’s not a big one: they simply let go. Once you understand that you cannot control everything and that you sometimes have to take a “leap of faith”, your life would be so much easier. You’ll find that you won’t sweat the small stuff, refuse to keep grudges –who are we kidding, grudges truly do nothing for you- you’ll worry less and live more fully. So, if you want to be a happier individual, learn to let go and believe that as long as you’ve done your part, everything will work out.
There are so many paths on the road to happiness. Yours doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. Just find what genuinely works for you and do it. We could all do with a lot more joy in this world. Do your part, and who knows, you might inspire others with your lifestyle.
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This article was written by Brennen Kliffmueller. Brennen is a self-determined master of happiness who is known for the smile that never leaves his face. He loves sharing his love of life with others and bringing happiness to the world around him. He is also a professional writer for 21Drops. To view more of his work, visit his Google+.