If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Holy moly! Isn’t that the whole goal of life – to be happy! How do we get there? What are the habits of the happiest people on Earth? Research has been doing some digging into happiness for the past few decades and here is what they have come up with.
The happiest people on Earth exercise these seven habits daily and it is proven to contribute to their well-being and success.
Pick one and practice it this month. Just one at a time. Once you feel well adjusted to the new habit, move onto the next habit and practice only that one until it becomes a new part of you and so on…
1. Choose kindness.
Research shows that when we watch others being kind, we feel a sense of “elation” that improves our mood and encourages us to mimic similar kind behavior. Kindness is contagious.
2. Practice forgiveness.
Forgiving others does little for the sinner, but frees us up from our burden of anger. Forgiveness allows our energy to flow and lightens our perspective of the world.
3. Be naturally curious.
Studies show that curious people have better relationships and enjoy socializing more than less curious people. So be open-minded and humble in your knowledge.
4. Express gratitude.
Gratitude has been linked with lowering anxiety and depression, as well as improving sleep and resilience during difficult situations and trauma.
5. Be generous.
The more we invest in other people, whether with time or money, we feel better connected and more fulfilled in our relationships. Thanks Christmas!
6. Exercise patience.
Isn’t that interesting? Studies show that people who are patient make better progress toward their goals and feel more life satisfaction and gratitude (with all its above mentioned benefits) than less patient people.
7. Keep a gratitude journal.
By practicing intentional gratitude daily, we train our minds to think positively. Science shows that this practice improves productivity, increases sales, and improves chances for promotions!
Best wishes on your happiness journey my friends!
If you are interested in reading more about the research and findings on each of these habits, read on! The article I referenced is at Inc.com 7 Habits of the Happiest People (That Most of Us Rarely Practice) by Marcel Schwantes.
Hi! I'm Dr. Linda Abdelsayed. These are just some articles I've created on various life topics. Hope you find them helpful! Check me out on the About and Contact tabs above!