10 Habits of Highly Happy People (and why it matters to you!)

There are four things everyone wants.  To be: happier, wealthier, healthier, and to have better relationships.  Guess which of these is the one that will almost ensure you will achieve the other 3….that’s right!  It’s happiness!  
Many of us think “when I’m healthier, or wealthier, or have better relationships, then I will be happy”. But, guess what? That’s backward! 
Research shows that happy people are more productive (and therefore, more likely to earn more), are healthier, and have better relationshipsYou can choose happiness right now, regardless of circumstances. And you must choose it, if you want things to change in your life.
If happiness is a choice, what can you do to start planting, fertilizing, watering and cultivating it to take root deep in you and continue to flourish and bear fruit for many years?  Here are 10 “Happiness Habits” borrowed from Mind Movies.  Adopt one per week, and see how your life–and success–begins to change. (If you have employees, create a “culture of happiness” in your company…and watch employee turnover and absenteeism drop, and productivity soar!)

Habit #1: Appreciate life ~ Develop an attitude of gratitude and count your blessings! When you start looking for things to be thankful for, you’ll discover more reasons to be grateful. 

Habit #2: Keep learning ~ Invest time and energy into continually learning and developing new skills. Keep your brain stimulated with exciting information and hobbies. 

Habit #3: Do what you love ~ This may seem obvious, but a majority of people dislike their job! Choose a career that you enjoy and make time in your schedule for your hobbies and to pursue special interests. 

Habit #4: Laughter – Don’t take life too seriously! Laugh at yourself, make light of your circumstances and infuse fun into daily activities. 

Habit #5: Forgiveness – Holding onto anger, resentment or jealousy will only hurt you. Learn to forgive others & yourself for mistakes. Let it go and move on. 

Habit #6: Meditation ~ More and more research is showing that meditation has major benefits on health and well-being. It increases positive emotions, life satisfaction and immune function. 

Habit #7: Love ~ Nurture your relationships with friends & family and make it a priority to spend time with and to support your loved ones.

Habit #8: Stop comparing ~ Happy people don’t waste their time worrying about what other people think, or with gossiping. Let go of the need to judge or criticize. Instead concentrate on creating and living YOUR best life. 

Habit #9: Be positive! ~ Make an effort to see the glass half full and always look for the silver lining in any situation. If you notice a negative thought creeping into your mind, counteract it with a powerful, positive affirmation. 

Habit #10: Surround yourself with those who take you higher ~ Surround yourself with happy, positive people who truly want the best for you and support you on your journey to success. 

The more you incorporate these 10 habits into your daily life, the happier (and wealthier, healthier, with better relationships) you’ll be.
Onward and Upward!