1. They enjoy the moment.
When you enjoy the small moments – good or bad – you’re more aware of what’s happening around you. Happy people focus on what they can control and it’s possible to choose happiness in the moment, no matter the struggles you may be going through.
2. They have a growth mindset.
A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure as a catalyst for growth and stretching beyond existing abilities. Those with a growth mindset had happier relationships, achieved more success, and were much more persistent through challenges.
3. They surround themselves with other happy people.
Who we surround ourselves with has a huge impact on how we think, feel, and what direction we head in life. It may sound harsh, but cutting out the negative people in your life or simply spending less time with them is necessary if you want to be happier.
4. They have a dream.
Whether your dream is to travel the world, start your own business, or learn a new language, having a dream is one of the most important things in remaining optimistic when things get tough.
5. They can wait.
Happy people are willing to wait for the rewards and focus on the journey, how far they’ve come, and what’s ahead for them. They understand that the best things in life come to those who are patient and can stick it out for the long run, whether that’s a job promotion, relationship, or a new skill they’re learning.
6. They schedule “me” time into their day.
Giving is important, but if that means taking up your time to relax, wind down, and learn new things, then you’ll have nothing to give over time. You can’t always be agreeable; that’s how people take advantage of you. You have to set clear boundaries.
7. They spend money on experiences – not material things.
That car that you just bought diminished in value the moment you drove it off the lot, but experiences are memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Happy people would rather go on a backpacking trip instead of buying a flat-screen TV that they’ll seldom use.
8. They give more than they take.
Since happy people live in a world of abundance where there’s always more opportunities to be had, more money to be made, and more love to share, they’re always giving when they can. They understand that this will actually make them happier in the end.
9. They embrace discomfort.
Happy people know how to bounce back from failure. Resilience is a padding for the inevitable hardship human beings are bound to face. Struggle is the evidence of progress, and happy people live by this. The rewards of becoming great at a skill far outweigh the pain they have to endure in the process.
10. They are always learning.
Happy people are all lifelong learners, constantly reading new books, exploring other cultures, learning new languages … It is an ongoing process because without growth there’s no life.