What every happy person knows: Traits of happy people (Part 2)


I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. – Martha Washington

In the previous post, we looked at some traits of happy people. This post continues with a few more key characteristics you can adopt to be on your way to becoming a happier and healthier person.

Happy people pursue their passions

Passion is the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn’t matter where it’s directed. The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. –Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

Happy people live life with passion. They chase and nurture the things that make them come alive. While not everyone has the privilege of a job that involves his/her passions, happy people will spare at least a little time and effort to invest in what they love.

Happy people nourish creativity

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

Contrary to the idea that happy people see life naively through rose-tinted glasses, it actually takes creativity to see beyond one’s immediate circumstances and find reasons to be happy in each day.

Happy people are accepting but not complacent

“Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there’s all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.” –Arthur Gordon

Happy people accept what they cannot change, but make the effort to change what they can.

Happy people watch less TV

Studies have shown that unhappy people watch more TV than happy people. While it is not clear if TV is a cause or symptom of unhappiness, the results are not surprising, as the more time you spend watching TV, the less time you actually spend living and doing all the things above that lead to happiness.

Happy people believe.

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. –Henry Ward Beecher

Happy people, whether they would describe themselves as ‘spiritual’ or not, possess a seemingly illogical faith that their hope and optimism towards life springs from. Most believe that there is more to life than just our immediate, visible, and tangible circumstances and seek to nourish their faith, wonder, and belief in a higher power / higher powers.
Whatever your situation, it is possible to be happy. Take small, baby steps to make room for passion, creativity, acceptance, TV-free time, and finally, faith. You might just find, in doing so, reasons to smile!

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