A fellow classmate sent me this article that was posted on the Huffington Post a couple days ago and knew I had to post it ASAP! As you can probably tell from previous posts, I love the idea of positive psychology and all this happiness research and even though I don’t directly study it, I at least try to practice it.
It’s a long article, but you can read as much or as little as you want with the main idea being what are the characteristics of “happy” people. It all started with…
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
If 40% of it is still left to us that means we have to put in the work and make choices that consistently make us happy. He talks a number of characteristics of happy people and things that bring them joy. One of them that is one of my favorite is the simple choice to try to be happy. It’s not to say that you won’t have your moments and that life won’t put some clouds over your happiness, but it’s also about knowing that as you rise above the clouds that the sun is still there waiting to shine right through.
Happy people have habits you can introduce into your everyday life that may add to the bigger picture of bliss. Joyful folk have certain inclinations that add to their pursuit of meaning — and motivate them along the way.
Some of my favorite things that was posted about things that happy people do include:
- They surround themselves with other happy people (i.e. invest your time in people who bring you joy)
- They are mindful of the good (i.e. practice gratitude)
- They nix the small talk for deeper conversation (i.e. develop meaning in your life)
- They look on the bright side (i.e. find the silver lining, which, in turn, helps you practice gratitude)
- They make exercise a priority (i.e take care of your physical health in addition to your mental health)
The great part about all of these is that there are little tidbit of research to many of the items in terms of what’s been found in the research, so it’s not just all hokey stuff that someone made up. There is legitimate research behind each of these and some of them I have even talked about previously. For example, it notes for the importance of exercise how it has been shown to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, as well as stress. This amplifies feelings of happiness and relaxation. So while you may not be the biggest gym-goer, it might be worth incorporating it into your routine as something, especially if good health, longevity, happiness are what you value.
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So what brings you happiness? Share what resonated with you!
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