Sonja Lyubomirsky, a positivity psychologist, conducted studies that showed 12 things people who are happy do differently in order to improve the level of happiness in their lives. These are actually things we can all do to make our lives happier and we can start doing them today.
1. Show Gratitude
When you are grateful for what you have and show it, those things grow in value. So, being grateful for all the good things in your life you will actually increase the happiness in your life.
2. Work At Being More Optimistic
People who succeed and win in life are able to create their own optimism. Regardless of what is happening and where they are, a successful person is always able to see things in a positive and optimistic light. They only see failure as the chance to learn and improve and the world as a place full of opportunities and chances for successful.
3. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others And Over-thinking
When you compare yourself to other people, you are poisoning your mind and body. If you think you are in some way better than the person you are comparing yourself to, this inflates your ego and gives you an unhealthy and unnatural sense of superiority. On the other hand, if you think you are worse than the person you are comparing yourself to, then it is very easy to discredit any hard work you have put into life or a certain area of life and fail to see the value in any progress you have ever made.
It is not healthy to compare yourself to anyone else, but if you have to – compare yourself to you and who you were in the past.
4. Practice Kindness
When you actually practice acts of kindness is releases serotonin in your bran which not only has numerous health benefits but can make you feel good about yourself. Helping someone else selflessly is a very potent way to help yourself to feel better. The best thing is that not only will you, and the person/people you do something kind for, feel better but so will anyone who witnesses your act.
5. Work On Social Relationships
You will find that the happiest people in the world are the ones who have meaningful and very close relationships with other people. There have actually been studies that prove that mortality rates double when people are lonely. If you have ever had a deep connection to a friend you will know what it feels like to have that warm and fuzzy feeling, knowing you are part of something and can share your life and experiences with them.
6. Develop Coping Mechanisms And Strategies
Your character is shaped by how you cope with bad things, rather than the actual bad things themselves. As it can be hard to be creative and solve the problem when you are in the middle of it, it is wise to have healthy coping mechanisms and strategies for when the proverbial hits the fan.