What are happy people up to? What do they do that others don’t? Happiness is not a “one size fits all” but there are a number of things you can work into your life to increase positive emotions and good vibes in your quest for happiness. Research has given us a solid roadmap to follow so pick what resonates with you from the list below and get moving!
22 Ways Happy People Get Their Groove On
- They spend time with people who are reinforcing, reciprocal and generally positive but are also compassionate and loyal when they are struggling.
- They stay aware of their emotional health; checking in on their mood states and practicing self compassion when needed.
- They recognize their negativity biases and counteract by savoring positive experiences for at least 10 seconds to allow the transfer from short-term to long-term memory.
- They do activities they are passionate about or even achieve a state of flow while doing them.
- They are attuned to themselves and others.
- They avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
- They express gratitude freely and openly as studies support it’s strong ties to greater happiness.
- They meditate, building an awareness of their inner state and physical body while building resilience and distress tolerance.
- They take care of their physical bodies; nutrition, sleep and exercise.
- They think positively but also realistically.
- They dream, imagine and set goals for the future as this has been shown to create meaning and purpose.
- They enjoy helping people in the many ways that exist; interpersonal relationships, volunteering, donating or being a helping professional.
- They know that they alone are responsible for their feelings regardless of how other’s actions might be a catalyst.
- They have good coping skills for the tough times and support to help get through.
- They practice forgiveness when necessary as research has shown that unforgiving people tend to be hateful, angry and hostile.
- They set good boundaries, knowing the difference between assertiveness and aggressiveness.
- They are aware of their own vulnerabilities and actively work on them.
- They spend time in nature as studies have shown this reduces stress.
- They have at least one confidante who knows them inside and out.
- They outer life and inner life is in alignment; they live authentically rather than wear social masks to adapt to how they believe people want to see them.
- They are adept at finding the good in people and situations, if possible.
- They have done any needed personal work around family of origin wounds, traumas or other historical pain points.