Psychology Today: 10 Things Happy People Do Differently Paula Davis-Laack, J.D., M.A.P.P.
How happy are you and why? This is a question I spend a fair amount of time thinking about, not only as it applies to my own levels of happiness, but also as it applies to my family, friends, and the people who I work with. Since graduating with my master’s degree in positive psychology, I’ve worked with and observed thousands of people in a wide variety of settings, and happy people just flow with the groove of life in a unique way. Here is what they do differently:
Here are her ten. Go to the article get more detail:
1) They build a strong social fabric.
2) They engage in activities that fit their strengths, values and lifestyle.
3) They practice gratitude.
4) They have an optimistic thinking style.
5) They know it’s good to do good.
6) They know that material wealth is only a very small part of the equation.
7) They develop healthy coping strategies.
8) They focus on health.
9) They cultivate spiritual emotions.
10) They have direction.
I particularly liked her George Burns quote at the beginning of the post:
"Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family in another city."
What do you think of the list? Anything you would add? Does this list make you unhappy? ;-)