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:

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).


Samantha S.
Samantha Shira6 years ago


Samantha S.
Samantha Shira6 years ago


Ruth R.
Ruth R6 years ago


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Hannah L.6 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

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

Catherine C.
Catherine C6 years ago

Thank you!


Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

As we used to say , "Right On!"

Irene M.
Irene M6 years ago

All very true.Thank you!

Meg Graham
Meg G6 years ago

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.

jasna gonda
jasna gonda6 years ago

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