Guest Post By: Sophia Smith
Most of us are looking for that special, foolproof recipe for happiness. However, the truth is that there is no recipe because there isn’t just one way to be happy. In other words, happiness means something different to each person looking for it. That being said, there are certain habits that most happy people share, which could bring you closer to finding out what makes you happy.
So, if you’d like to become more like those people, here are five habits you should consider.
- They appreciate the present moment
Even though “stopping to smell the roses” sounds like a cliché, this kind of “savoring” the moment truly can make you happier. It allows you to focus on what’s going on around you. For that one moment, you won’t be thinking about your past mistakes or future plans – you’ll be living in the present. Moreover, the unfortunate truth is that there is a lot of negativity around us. Even though you shouldn’t ignore that negativity completely, focusing on it too much can only bring more stress into your life. So, be mindful of the good things around you, and learn how to appreciate the little things in life.
- They forgive, but they don’t forget
When speaking about happiness, being able to forgive is extremely important. This is why happy people don’t hold grudges. After all, holding a grudge means hanging on to resentment, anger, and other negative emotions towards the person who wronged you. Plus, the more grudges you hold, the angrier you will be. Letting go of such emotions would provide more room for positivity in your life. That being said, you still shouldn’t forget; forgetting means repeating the same mistakes instead of learning from them. For example, if one of your friends borrows something from you and returns it in poor condition – or doesn’t return it at all – forgive them, stay friends, but never lend them anything again. And finally, forgive yourself for making mistakes.
- They eat healthy
Happy people know the importance of a good diet – in order to be happy, you need to be healthy. So, learn how to prepare healthy and tasty meals. Also, don’t eat too much junk food, and opt for healthier snacks instead. Of course, there’s nothing wrong in enjoying some fast food when you’re out with your friends or enjoying a movie night, but eating fast food is one thing that should never become a habit. Also, think about ways to spice up your food – literally. For example, curcumin, which can be found in the spice turmeric, is a very healthy chemical that can boost your energy levels, improve your focus, and help you detox. However, to experience the full effects of this chemical, you need a lot of it. So, besides spicing up your food a bit, you should also consider adding curcumin tablets to your diet. This way, you’d experience all the benefits of it in no time.
- They don’t worry about the little things
People who are calm tend to focus only on the things that really matter to them. The thing is, becoming consumed by things that don’t matter can make you constantly frustrated and edgy. So, learn how to pick your battles – some things are simply not worth worrying or arguing about. Also, don’t overthink about things that may or may not happen. If there is something that is beyond their control, calm and happy people see no point in stressing about it. For them, it’s a waste of time, energy, and nerves. In short, if there’s nothing you can do to change the thing that’s bothering you, don’t dwell on it for too long.
- They never stop growing
People can be divided into two types according to their mindset. Some people believe that they are who they are and there’s nothing they can do to change that. On the other hand, there are people who are always learning, developing, changing, and evolving as persons. They believe that there’s always more to see and do. Such people are much calmer and happier, because they are more comfortable with changes and challenges. They are also comfortable with not knowing everything. For them, it simply means that there’s more to learn – and every time they learn something new, they grow.
If you want to be happier and calmer, think about adopting some habits of happy people. Take it one habit at a time, and try to enjoy the change. The results are bound to show sooner or later, and you might even be surprised by how much better you’ll feel.