15 Traits and Habits Exceptionally Happy People Have in Common 175

habits and traits happy people have in common

A person that’s happy with who he is and the life he’s living can be recognized from afar. And it often makes us wonder what it is that he does differently.

That’s a sign that we ourselves aren’t satisfied with our current life and want to change something.

And the best way to do it is to simply start doing the things happy people do. Because all of them have common traits and habits that are the foundation of their contentment.

So here’s what happy people have in common:

  1. They start every day with a positive mindset.

I’m sure you’ve had days that started badly, and got only worse from then on. Well, how would you feel if you knew it was just a matter of choice?

How your days go is your decision. And it usually happens in the very beginning of each day.

So when you get up tomorrow try to choose to be happy and spend the day the best way possible. Even that little mindset trick will help you be happier in general if you do it long enough.

Here you can find positive things to start your day, and great quotes to wake up to.

  1. They live in the present moment.

Happy people realize that life happens only in the present. And they focus on it, experience it with their whole being, appreciate and enjoy it.

They are here, now, and nothing else matters.

  1. They follow their passion.

Joyful people are passionate souls. They have taken some time to find out the thing they truly care about, and made their best to include it in their days.

Spending time doing the things you’re passionate about can turn your life around. It will bring you pure joy, happiness, meaning, peace and spirit.

  1. They dare to dream big.

These days many people get so discouraged by the world we live in, that they stop believing in big things. But nothing has changed and everyone is still capable of achieving whatever he puts his mind to.
He just needs to want it bad enough and to be ready to make sacrifices and take action every day to get closer to it.

And even if you’re not ready to start that journey, make the first step in your mind now – start believing again. Dream big!

  1. They focus on the good in people.

Everyone has good and bad sides. That’s a well-known fact.

But what you decide to see is up to you, and it shapes your attitude towards that person, and even your whole relationship.

So open yourself for the good in people, and they will start showing it to you more and more.

  1. They accept failure and learn from it.

Happy people know they’ve failed before, but they are okay with that. They know that their mistakes helped them be the person they are today, and that’s a great thing.

Because of them, they learned how to move on, got stronger and found the courage to try again with a new approach.

  1. They know how to enjoy the little things.

While most people drink their morning cup of coffee in a hurry, while thinking of all the tasks they need to complete later in the day, and are afraid they won’t have enough time, happy people make time to drink their coffee in peace, while listening to music, reading a book or just enjoying the silence.

That’s a huge difference between these two types of people.

  1. They surround themselves with other happy people.

Who you spend your time with matters a lot. Other people affect you, even if you don’t see it.

Surround yourself with negative people, who are struggling to succeed, who have no ambition, are lazy, worried and stressed, and you’ll decrease your level of happiness significantly.

But if you’ve really decided to live a happier life, then you’ll need to spend less time with them, and instead – communicate with new people who are always smiling and positive.

  1. They are okay with who they are.

Happy people have learned how to appreciate, trust and love themselves for who they are.

And that doesn’t mean they don’t have goals and aren’t trying to change for the better. It just means they’re in peace with who they are, and that makes their days much brighter.

  1. They always have something to look forward to.

Be it the weekend, a trip, meeting an old friend, or else, they have a reason to smile even more each day as this thing excites them.

  1. They find time for themselves.

Busy people constantly state that they don’t have any time for themselves. And they still wonder why their days are so hectic and they feel overwhelmed and depressed in the end.

The truth is that you prioritize, and make time for the things that are important. And having time just for yourself is a key ingredient of a happy life.

It may be early in the morning, or late at night. When everyone else is sleeping and there’s nothing to bother you. Then you may decide to meditate, read or write, listen to music, plan your day, or else.
But whatever it is, you’ll know it’s time only for yourself.

  1. They live on their own terms.

Happy people don’t live by other people’s standards. They don’t try to answer their expectations and do what they are supposed to.

They have their own ambitions and dreams and aren’t afraid to admit that.

  1. They forgive.

Not forgiving means carrying the burden of something that has happened in the past and taking it with you in the future. And that’s a tough thing to do.

Instead, happy people forgive others, and themselves too. They accept failures, disappointments and mistakes, let them be and move on.

They try to spend quality time with the people they care about, to focus on the good in them, and that doesn’t include reminding themselves of how these people hurt them in the past.

  1. They are grateful.

They also concentrate on the good in their life. They wake up grateful for all the things they have. And it becomes more than enough once you feel abundant.

They thank for all this, appreciate it and make their days even more joyful this way.

  1. They help others.

Contented people aren’t egoistic. They know happiness is only real when it’s shared. So they try to encourage others, to help them when they can, to bring back hope and give advice.

They know that even the little acts of kindness can make a big difference.


So these are the most common traits of cheerful individuals that anyone can start practicing at any moment.

It doesn’t take effort, time or resources. It just requires mindfulness, a desire to be happy and to make the world a better place by starting with yourself.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Charles Spurgeon

See also:

Pursuing happiness when it’s already within you
The key to dying happy

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 13

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.