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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Let's all see if we can keep these in mind as we go through this year!
  1. Express gratitude. - "Being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness."
  2. Cultivate optimism. - "People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times."
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. - "If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself."
  4. Practice act of kindness - "Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness"
  5. Nurture social relationships - "The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships."
  6. Develop strategies for coping. - "How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal."
  7. Learn to forgive. - "Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being. You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system."
  8. Increase flow experiences. - "Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Action and awareness are merged."
  9. Savor life's joys. - "It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic."
  10. Commit to your goals. - "Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere."
  11. Practice spirituality. - "When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us. It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists."
  12. Take care of your body. - "Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected."
To read this article by Jacob Sokol of Sensophy in full go to this link:



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