Choosing joy

imagesDoes it seem like some people are just happier than others? These individuals effortlessly project an attitude of cheer and goodwill. You find yourself wanting to spend more time with them and wonder why their life is so marvelous and joyful.

Recently I came across an article that was partly attributed to Stephen Covey. The idea is that happy people do things differently. Their lives are no better than yours and mine, but the just live them differently. I love the idea that it is within my power to be happier every day.

Things Happy People Do Differently

  1. Express gratitude. When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. If we aren’t thankful for what we already have, then we will have a hard time ever being happy.
  2. Cultivate optimism. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. The only person you should ever compare to is yourself before now.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. Selflessly helping someone is a powerful way to feel good inside. Use the “pay it forward” often associated with random acts of kindness.
  5. Nurture social relationships. The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. This doesn’t happen, it is cultivated.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call and in your arsenal ready to use when you need them.
  7. Learn to forgive. Harboring feelings of hatred, jealousy or other malignantly negative emotions is horrible for your well-being.
  8. Increase flow experiences. Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.
  10. Commit to your goals. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. Having a dream is wonderful, but making it a reality is even better.
  11. Practice spirituality. When we practice spirituality or regional, we recognize that life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever. Humility is a virtue.
  12. Take care of your body. Taking care of your body Is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. Physical well-being is a component of your overall happiness.

What I find particularly thought-provoking is that if you try to achieve all of these things, not only will you be happier but the people around you and who associate with you will be happier too.


About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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