Positive psychology research suggests that gratitude is strongly linked to greater happiness. Not only does practicing gratitude lead to more positive emotions (it’s pretty difficult to be negative when you’re thankful) but can also lead to better physical health and overall feelings of wellbeing.
Researchers from University of Miami have been studying the scientific nature of gratitude for years in what’s known as the “Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness.” Here are some major discoveries they’ve found.
1. They practice gratitude
People who keep a weekly gratitude journals find they exercise more, have fewer ailments, feel better about their lives, and are more optimistic! They are also more likely to make progress towards important personal goals. Being grateful simply makes you a happier person!
Ron and I believe there are always something to be grateful for.
2. They Get Adequate Exercise
Getting even a little exercise can increase happiness! Just 10 minutes of exercise a day or working out as little as once a week can make us happier people overall. Exercise decreases anxiety and improves mood.
Spring is here so start small with a brisk 10 minute (or more) walk, some gentle yoga, class at your gym, go dancing, you can even volunteer to walk a friend’s dog… you will begin to feel happier and your body will be grateful that you used it😊
3. They Do Good to Others
One of the biggest habits of happy people is that they give openly to others. Extending kindness to others not only generates happiness for someone else but also works like magic to increase your own levels of happiness.
4. They Surround Themselves with Positive People
It’s hard to be happy when surrounded by negative people… So, surround yourself with others who are genuinely enthusiastic and positive, it has a ripple effect, causing you to feel more inspired, creative and confident.
5. They Put in the Effort to Be Happy
Happy people simply make an effort to be happy each day. Happy people understand that in order to remain happy, they must observe their emotional state and actively pursue a state of happiness
6. They Focus on Meaningful Interactions
Happy people engage in meaningful conversations and engage with other people on a deeper level. They avoid gossip or speaking negatively about others. They focus on creating a deeper emotional connection and uplifting those they surround themselves with.
7. They Focus on the Positive
Life is full of ups and downs and happy people are not immune to bad things happening to them. They simply choose to focus on the positive. Rather than complain about the way things are or the way they think things should be, they choose to be thankful for what they have and what the situation they’re currently in is trying to teach them.
8. They Live in the Present Moment as Much as Possible
This is something happy people understand. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. It’s happening now and all the tiny moments that make up your life will one day be gone. Doing your best to live in each moment as it passes can have a significant impact on the happiness you experience overall.
9. They Meditate
Regular meditation can literally rewire the structure of your brain. Start each day with just 5-10 minutes of meditation. It can literally be a life-changer
Instead of scrolling through social media. start a daily meditation practice that will be an exponential aspect of increasing our own happiness.
10. They Embrace a Growth Mindset
A growth mindset is the belief that you’re in control of your own ability you can learn and improve. It embraces the idea that you are in control of your destiny and adopts the concept that you can always improve.
Ron and I believe happiness are best when shared with others. We hope these common habits of highly happy people resonate with you and are something you can implement into your own life!
Happy World Happiness Day to you all. Wishing you all the joy in the world!!!