5 Healthy Habits of Happy People

Have you wondered what you can do to bring more joy into your life? Perhaps you have arrived at this moment in your life and wonder why you don’t feel as much satisfaction with your life. As important as it is to work hard and progress in life, it is vital to take care of yourself and make sure you are happy as you are doing so. I will discuss five different habits that are common among happy people and can most definitely bring the joy you’ve been missing into your life.

 

1. Happy People Focus on What They Can Control.

There are many little things in life that we can control and an unlimited amount of things out of our control. Instead of getting upset when the weather is gloomy or being in a bad attitude based on our circumstances, we should be positive and focus on what we can control. This habit will bring a sense of contentment into your life as you know you have done your best according to your circumstances. You will be someone that acts and not someone that is acted upon.

2. Happy People Surround Themselves with Other Happy People

A good company can completely change someone’s attitude. Happy people tend to be supportive, warm, and giving. These qualities will encourage you to be satisfied too. Conversely, hanging out with miserable people will weigh you down and won’t allow you to focus on your well-being and goals.

3. Happy People Sleep Healthy, Eat Healthily, and Move

Sleep and exercise are some of the most under-utilized habits in daily life. It is unfortunate because they are often precisely what people need to turn their lives around and be productive and happy. Exercise clears your mind, and sleep restores the body’s vital functions. Healthy eating habits also apply directly to your happiness. Controlling these habits and taking care of your body will significantly increase how happy you are from day to day.

4. Happy People are Flexible

How often do our plans change throughout the day? Even if we take time to plan out every second of the day, something will always come up, and you will need to do something you did not plan for. Know that even the best-laid plans don’t always go as hoped. Being able to adjust to change will help prevent disappointment.

5. Happy People Experience Life

It is so easy to get caught up in the humdrum of daily life and a busy schedule. However, the happiest people take time each day to experience life and relish each moment. Do you remember material items you had years ago or things you experienced? My guess is the latter. These have a lasting place in our memories, not material objects. Value them because they’re much more likely to lead to happiness than possessions. Go out there and experience many things: trips, activities, people, classes, learning, food, culture, and whatever adventures you can create.

 

In conclusion, incorporating these five habits into your life will make you a happier person and feel better about who you are. It can be so natural to get caught up in life and always reach for the next thing ahead. But one day, we will look back upon our lives and wish we had more time to live. The best advice is to live every moment, and you will find joy every day.

Authored by Carter Walch

BYU