While travelling from my home in Oxford England to Toronto Canada I had the pleasure of talking to a very interesting Indian girl. I asked her what she loved the most about her home country.
She smile brightly as said, “Well, I do not have a lot of money, but my quality of life is exceptional. I work as a meditation teacher. It’s a job I love. That makes me happy every day.”
It’s possible for anyone to live the life they love. After chatting with my new friend, my mind was full of ideas about happy people and their happy habits.
I decided to do a lot of research to try and discover precisely what happy people do differently. Some of the results were truly surprising.
I came across hundreds of happy habits during my research (some a little obscure, including a man who spent one day a month living with his eyes closed, which he said heightened his senses). My research led me to create this list of the top 10 things happy people do differently.
1: They put themselves first.
Genuinely happy people understand that it isn’t selfish to put yourself first. Happy people understand that in order to be at their maximum they need time to themselves, and they often need to put their needs ahead of everyone else’s. Once you help yourself you can then help other people.
2: They challenge a fear as it happens
Happy people understand that fear is the chief enemy of happiness. In my research I met many happy people who intentionally found and overcame their fears. They included a forty year old woman who had just been to the dentists, whom she dreads, and a rock climber who constantly sought out new challenges.
3: They have a reason for living
Every single happy person that I met could tell me in one sentence what their main reason for living is. Their reasons were wide ranging. Some lived to write novels, some lived for family, some wanted to make millions, and others lived simply to make other people happy.
4: They accept that life is constant change
The happiest people are at peace with the fact that the world is constantly changing. They understand that their current reality is temporary. They know that good times end, bad times end, people move on, career take new paths. They understand and they embrace it all.
5: They’re unapologetic about their desires
The happiest people in the world know what they want and they’re not about to apologize for it. Whether they want money, to travel the world, to or to be the boss of their company, they accept and embrace their desires. They live life to the beat of their own drum.
6: Money is no problem
Happy people who have money share it. Happy people who don’t have money don’t worry about it. The former love giving and sharing their luxuries. The latter have faith that everything will be alright in the end.
A lot of people fear rejection, whether that’s rejection from a job interview or rejection from a member of the opposite sex. Happy people don’t worry about it. Happy people know that the reason they’re rejected is because something better is coming along.
9: We’re all equal
Happy people believe that all people are equal. They know that money, looks, and all that jazz don’t really reflect how good or bad a person is. They treat all people equally, with the utmost respect.
10: We are one
Happy people know that all people are one. They feel the pain and sorrow of other people, but they also feel the happiness and joy of other people. Because they feel connected to everyone around them, they never feel lonely. They see a stranger as a companion, a colleague as a friend.
Happy people know how to live life happily. I’m going to make the most of these 10 tips I’ve learnt from happy people.