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