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25 Habits of Successful and Extremely Happy People

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/297327

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25 Habits of Successful and Extremely Happy People
11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What's the secret to happiness? That can differ according to the person involved. But we do know that happy people have different habits and think differently than those who are miserable.

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Happy people are responsible

  • They don't hold on to grudges. Forgiving and forgetting is absolutely necessary.
  • They don't make excuses. They use failure as an opportunity to change for the better.

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Happy people are well rounded people

Happy people are well rounded people
  • They savor the moment. They "stop to smell the roses".
  • They're busy, but not rushed. A healthy work-life balance is key.
  •  They don't sweat the small stuff. They focus only of what is important and within their control.

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Happy people invest in their relationships

  • They spend money on others. One reason is that it creates social connections.
  • They celebrate other people's success through "active and constructive" responding.
  • They treat everyone with respect and kindness. Kindness, like happiness, is contagious.
  • They're proactive about relationships. They work on maintaining their relationships.
  • They express gratitude. It improves mood and energy and decreases anxiety.
  • They engage in deep, meaningful conversations.

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The attitude of happy people

The attitude of happy people
  • They're optimistic. Bad things happen to all of us. Happy people don't complain, whine or let pessimism become a self-fulling prophecy.
  • They view problems as challenges. They focus on solutions to the problem and reflect on what they're grateful for.

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Personal activities of happy people

  • They meditate daily. It gives your mind a much-needed break and only takes a couple of minutes each day.
  • They get enough sleep.
  • They spend time in nature. We are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.
  • They reward themselves. 
  • They spend time alone to reflect on their dreams, desires, worries, anxieties and what to be grateful for.
  • They have a morning ritual. It sets the stage for how the day is going to play out. 
  • They take care of themselves.

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Choosing the right company

Choosing the right company

Happiness is contagious. 

When you surround yourself with other people who are happy and supportive, you'll be able to build self-confidence, boost your creativity and just have more fun in general.

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Happy people consider the future

Happy people consider the future
  • They dream big and work hard to turn those dreams into achievable goals.
  • They have a growth mindset. They want to improve and are willing to overcome challenges.

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