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Five Things Happy People Have in Common

Five Things Happy People Have in Common

Take a look at this fascinating list of five things that people who are not depressed–who lead what they consider happy lives with a positive mental attitude–usually have in common. Some may surprise you. How many of these things do you have in your own life?

The holidays can be difficult for many of us, so this thought-provoking list is especially timely. Read it here:

Faith
Whether you belong to an organized religion, or simply believe in the power of prayer or positive energy, several studies have suggested that having a spiritual belief system of some sort tends to go along with a longer life and fewer incidences of depression.

Plenty of Affectionate Give and Take
This can be measured in many ways, including everything from the number of hugs we give and receive to the giving of praise or help to others, from friendly interactions with the check-out clerk to a loving exchange with a friend on the phone.

Staying Happily Busy
People who are engaged in many pleasant hobbies and interests have less time to brood or be unhappy. Note, however, that “happily busy” is not the same as “stressed busy” or “way too busy.”

Making the Best of It
Life is not always the proverbial bed of roses. So when it hands you a lemon, do you get sour or do you make lemonade? Trying to maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity is a great indicator of happiness. When we ask “What am I meant to learn from this?” rather than “Why me?” we’re halfway there.

A Sense of Purpose
When we believe we are here for a reason, that our lives have purpose and meaning, we are more apt to be happy. It is a hallmark of real joy to know what your passions are, and to pursue them.

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Inspired by How to Feel Fabulous Today, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 2001).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:20PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

THANKS, INSPIRING READ.

12:01PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

THANKS(:

6:27AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Great!

3:49PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thanks

7:56PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

I so agree. I think a pet helps us to happy, too.

12:27PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thank you!

:-)

10:24AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

As we used to say , "Right On!"

4:44PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

All very true.Thank you!

2:47PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I full agree there have been times in my life where I have spiralled down and all of these things have saved me from falling into a pit I would find hard to get out of.
There is one other thing I would add to this and it is - being grateful.
Everyday I think of something in my life to be grateful for and no matter how bad things get I can find always find one thing. Then focusing on how grateful I am for that thing can make a huge difference.

5:03AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

not only having support but also giving support can make you happy

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