Happiness is a choice

Happiness is choice–but that is easier said than done. Happiness truly doesn’t come from wealth or other people. Happy people


themselves happy–but how?

There are several things that happy people do that help boost their mood, clear their minds, and enhance their lives. In short, happy people have good habits, some of which are listed below:

1. Happy people accept things that can’t be changed. 

Just like in the serenity prayer, peace and clarity can come from accepting things that aren’t necessarily fair, but also are not going to change because they are out of your control. Find things in your life that you can change for the better, and focus on that.

2.Happy people don’t lie. 

Lying (and remembering to continue to cover it up) leads to stress and contributes to negative mental health. Stick to the truth–it’s lowers stress levels and builds other’s trust in you.

3. Keep it simple. 

Happy people understand less is more. Studies show that people who live minimally are actually happier than those who collect more and more material possessions.

4. Happy people exercise and eat well. 

Exercise boosts your mood and self esteem, so it is no surprise that those who are the happiest participate in some form of exercise on a regular basis. Food directly affects the way your body works, including your mood and energy levels. Eating healthy foods that keep you in good shape can impact many aspects of your life, including your happiness level.

5. Happy people work on their relationships. 

Not only are the happiest people those who have friendships and social relationships, but they also understand the importance of nurturing those relationships to make them stronger. This includes taking time to listen to others and spending time with them, as well as wisely choosing friends that are encouraging and positive.

6. Happy people don’t compare. 

Happy people focus on their own progress and achievements, rather than comparing themselves (for better or worse) to others. It can only lead to a false sense of superiority, or a sense of failure.

7. Happy people are in a rhythm. 

Research shows that waking (and even going to bed) at the same time every day helps stabilize your circadian rhythm and increases your productivity. The routine also ensures you are getting a steady, healthy amount of sleep, and sleep is so important to your health and attitude.

8. Happy people are present. 

Happy people dwell in the moment, not in the past. They enjoy their surroundings and are present in their daily activities.

9. Happy people are positive about others. 

Happy people avoid gossip and speak well, not ill, of others. By speaking positivity out loud, it trains our thoughts to be positive and non-judgemental as well.

10. Happy people have perspective. 

Happy people are able to discern between what is trivial and what are important matters truly worth getting upset over. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

11. Happy people practice gratitude. 

The happiest people are ones who are grateful for what they already have.

12. Happy people are up for the challenge. 

People who are happy see problems as challenges–making them a positive learning experiences instead of setbacks.


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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)