Think about the positive, happy people you know. If you can count more than five, it’s a sign that you are one of them. Because, positive people like to be among positive people!
I am fortunate to have some around me, and my observation of them has helped me identify the key qualities that make them so inspiring and such a joy to be around. Here is that short list:
They are what they choose: be it their books, movies, leisure hours; positive people like to ‘consume’ good material. This helps them think good thoughts, come up with fresh ideas, and stay away from toxic and negative stuff.
They are what they are: negative people walk around wearing masks; positive people wear their hearts on their sleeves. They like who they are and enjoy what they have. This absence of insecurity sets off a wonderful cycle: they readily give more, so they receive more, and always have extra happiness to give away!
They like to learn: 10 times out of 10, you will see a happy, positive person filled with lust for life and thirst for knowledge. And I am not talking about formal education. Positive folks are those who know how exciting and possibility-filled a place the world can be. They cannot wait to explore and enrich it. Be it the art of baking a cake, photographing a scene, or trying their hand at mechanics—you will always see them keen to try out something new!
They appreciate the simple things: two people are watching the sunset. One sees the onset of night and starts worrying about tomorrow. The other, who also has deadlines to meet, takes a moment to revel in the beauty of the sky. Things, events and situations are often pretty similar of people—it’s how we respond to them that makes us happy, or not.