I saw an article the other day of the secrets to being happy and it sparked my interest. I consider myself a pretty happy person. In fact, I’m happy go-lucky most of the time…maybe annoyingly so to some. However, I don’t think it is a negative thing. In fact, I’m thankful this is a trait I’ve inherited. Now don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days and bitch sessions with my husband and friends, but that’s normal. Right? Right!
So, I got to thinking, what are the habits of happy people. What can we practice in order to keep ourselves in a positive mood? Because we all know, practice makes perfect. Here are the things I can think of:
-Appreciate the small things in life. This one is a huge thing for me. I get sooooo excited for the smallest things. Getting mail, winning a blog giveaway, eating a yummy home-cook meal that was prepared by my husband, getting Chick-fil-A for lunch, etc. etc. All these things get me in a giddy mood and feel happy! Even though they may be small, I try to appreciate even the smallest things every day!
-Talk through any issues you have and then let it go! So, this one is a bit harder for me to follow. BUT, the one thing I do like to do, is talk about my problems. I’ve been know to beat the issue wayyy after it’s dead (just ask my husband). This just really helps me move past whatever problems I’m having and forget.
-Positive thinking. I feel like being an optimist can only ever work out in your favor. Plus, positive thinking (in my opinion) is contagious so you can get everybody else on board.
-Plan for everything but be up for anything. I’m a planner, that’s no secret. I over-plan and that may be an understatement. However, I feel like experiencing some unexpected is one of the best things ever! Derek is always up for anything and that’s one thing I love about him.
-Surround yourself with other happy people. This one is probably easier said than done. Just as positive thinking is contagious, negative thoughts can also infect your brain!
-Make fun of yourself. So with this point, what I really mean, is laugh…a lot! A way that I do this is to not take myself so seriously. If you could peak inside our house, you would see Derek and I dancing around/belting out lyrics randomly, making ridiculous noises to see how bad we can annoy each other, and other silly things. These episodes always make me laugh.
So, that’s all I’ve got. What do you think are the habits of happy people?