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The 15 Most Common Habits of the World's Happiest People

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The 15 Most Common Habits of the World's Happiest People
While happiness is defined by the individual, I've always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of others. Examining how to be happy is benefited from observing the patterns of others, and then taking only what you find useful.

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Think of Yourself Less

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.  - CS Lewis

Self-esteem that is bound to external success can lead to small spurts of happiness but is not long lasting. Focus more on the betterment of yourself for the sake of those around you, rather than for your own ego.

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Be Busy, but Not Rushed

Be Busy, but Not Rushed

Research shows that feeling “rushed” is a one-way street to stress and unhappiness. Too much boredom can be burdensome. 

To find a balance, learn to say "no" to opportunities that do not excite you.

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Be Proactive About Your Relationships

Be Proactive About Your Relationships

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  • Check-in regularly with good friends (around 2 weeks for very close friends).
  • Celebrate the good things in their life; let them know through active and constructive listening. 
  • Studies show people love hearing themselves talk and talking about themselves, so let them.

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Move Beyond the Small Talk

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Deep conversations are often those we reserve for close friends and family, which explains why close relationships are so important for our happiness.

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Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

Small pleasures matterResearch has shown that you need to have small wins along the way in order to be truly happy. 

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Spend Money on Experiences

Experiences trump material purchases (in general) for the 5 following reasons:

  1. Experiences improve over time while physical items can get old quickly.
  2. People revisit experiences more often 
  3. Experiences are more unique and can simply be enjoyed.
  4. We adapt slowly to experiences because it takes our brain longer to get used to them while we are better able to adjust to material purchases.
  5. Experiences are social.

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Show Some Appreciation

Show Some Appreciation

According to research, showing gratitude boosted happiness by a noticeable level.

Writing thank-you notes, or just a nice letter, is an effective method of increasing happiness and life satisfaction.

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Observe Happiness in Others

Observe Happiness in Others

Research suggests that the best way to predict how much we will enjoy an experience is to see how much someone else enjoyed it.

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Pick a Skill; Master It

Researchers found that although the process of becoming proficient at something took its toll on people in the form of stress, 

participants reported that these same activities made them feel happy and satisfied when they looked back on their day as a whole.

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Aim High

Researchers found that setting ambitious goals tends to make people happier.
Big goals are often an important element of getting people moving in the first place.

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Exercise

Exercise

Research has found that exercise is a proven strategy for feeling better, increasing your energy levels and reducing tension.

The release of endorphins has an addictive effect, and more exercise is needed to achieve the same level of euphoria over time.

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Don’t Let Time Slip Away

"When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."
 - A study on the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

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Have 5 Close Relationships

National surveys find that when someone claims to have 5 or more friends with whom they can discuss important problems, they are 60 percent more likely to say that they are ‘very happy’.
Excerpt from the book Finding Flow.

True friends really are worth their weight in gold. Check in regularly with close friends (around every two weeks).

Happiness And External Events

Self-esteem is good for confidence, but self-esteem that is bound to external success can be quite fickle. 

Think of yourself less and avoid the trap of tying your self-worth to external signals.

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Chronically unhappy people

Chronically unhappy people

Not everyone knows how to be happy or how to deal with the bumps and annoyances of life. When people get stuck in temporary setbacks, they can easily forget that happiness is never out of reach.

Complaining a lot

When life throws a curveball, it's enough to make anyone complain. However, when complaining goes unchecked, it can become a habit that makes it easier to be negative than positive.

Tips for coping:

  • Learn to use positive and encouraging language to the people around you and to yourself.
  • Practice seeing the good in every situation.
  • Celebrate the good times, and meet each day with optimism.

Becoming your own worst critic

Being overly critical of ourselves can increase anxiety about a situation. Mulling over what happened is like self-criticism on repeat.

Tips for silencing your inner critic:

  • Stop expecting perfection from yourself. Learn to accept your mistakes, acknowledge them, then put them behind you and focus instead on continued growth.
  • Stop looking for what's wrong about you and focus on what's right about you.
  • Turn your attention to what could go right instead of what could go wrong.

Learn something new

... even if it's stressful. Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

The key is to choose the right new skill to master, a challenge to undertake, or ...

Friends near you

Geographically close friends (and neighbors) have the greatest effect on happiness.

Individual happiness cascades through groups of people, like contagion. So make friends with people who live near you.

Embrace opposing feelings

Happiness can come from noticing and embracing a wide spectrum of emotions--both good and bad. 

So don't ignore negative feelings. Embrace them--and then actively work toward overcoming whatever issues you face.