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

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

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

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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.

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.

Be Proactive About Your Relationships

Do:

  • 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.

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.

Treat Yourself

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Be Busy, But Not Rushed

Being “rushed” puts you on the fast track to being miserable.

Live a productive life at a comfortable pace. Learn to say no to busywork.

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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3 kinds of happy lives
  • The pleasant life: you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can. This has hardly any contribution to lasting fulfilment.
  • The life of engagement, where y...
Habits Of Supremely Happy People
  • They surround themselves with other happy people.
  • They cultivate resilience.
  • They appreciate simple pleasures.
  • They devote some of their time to giving.
  • They get immersed in activities that bring joy.
  • They nix the small talk for deeper conversations. 
  • They make a point to listen. 
  • They look on the bright side.
  • They make exercise a priority.
  • They listen to good music.
  • They spend time in nature.
  • They laugh a lot.
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...
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.
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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