Have you ever wondered why some people are always happy? Do you also think of what healthy habits they cultivated over the years that continuously make them happy? What makes you happy? Well, these questions could go on and on. But first, let’s know what it means to be “happy”.
Happiness is more of a state of mind. It’s when the serotonin levels in the body are on a spike. Martin Seligman, who is the father of positive psychology, suggests that 60% of happiness is determined by our environment and genetics, while the remaining 40% is upon us.
It is also true, that we can’t be happy all the time. Emotions are complex, and every human being has to go through all of them. As per a study published by PLOS, the most frequent human emotion is joy, followed by love and anxiety.
However, you should never give up on happiness. Experiencing positive emotions is as important as accepting negative emotions because, in the end, we are all human beings.
Here are 10 healthy habits that you can cultivate to stay happy, always.
1. Accept the positives in life
It is a human tendency to look into the past and ruminate over worst-case scenarios when instead, we should focus on what good could come from a situation. One of the healthy habits is to accept and acknowledge what makes you feel lucky and be grateful to those who help you. It also helps show gratitude for what you have and strive hard to get what you don’t.
2. Don’t fake a smile
Forcing yourself to smile is not a good habit, because it makes you feel drained mentally and emotionally. Many of us are in jobs that make us behave or act in a certain way. However, the key to this is to enjoy what you do. The “fake it till you make it” does not hold good here. It’s always better to smile only when you feel something positive. A study published in the Academy of Management Journal revealed that faking a smile while feeling a negative emotion can only Worsen your mood.
3. Hold on to your passions
Being passionate about things you love makes you happy instantaneously. What you do need not be productive work. For instance, you can watch your favourite movie after a long day or play with your pets. This relieves your pressure and acts as a stress buster. It also lets you have a good sleep and wake up energized the next day.
4.Spend time with people you genuinely love
Spending time with people who make you happy and express how important you are to them truly energizes and makes one feel comforted. Studies show that people are happiest, when around other happy people. Happiness is contagious. So gravitate to the person who makes you happy the most and hang out with them often.
5. Enjoy simplicity
Think about the little, precious moments that make you smile. It is the simple moments that we often enjoy without realising. We are happiest when we don’t realize that we are happy. So take pleasure in simple moments of life, like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, or the light breeze as you sit on the balcony reading a book. Practicing mindfulness can be helpful to elevate our senses and enjoy them.
6. Acknowledge your emotions
Acknowledging your emotions is the first step in learning how to control and manage your emotions. This is a skill and people who are good at it can adapt to situations very well which is one key to staying positive and happy. This also helps us to react to situations in a suitable way that would keep us away from falling into troubles and mishaps. If you are good at it, you usually don’t do things you might regret later.
7. Don’t fake positivity
Having a positive outlook on everything is next to impossible. We are all humans and we are made to feel what we feel. Living with the belief that you have to be optimistic about every situation can be toxic sometimes. You must allow yourself to feel what you actually feel rather than coating your emotions with forced positivity. You might bottle up your emotions which is definitely not good for your mental health.
8. Maintain Healthy boundaries
Every human being has an aura of their own that should not be disturbed by any person’s interference. Setting boundaries is very important to make sure that people around you are not taking advantage of you. You feel good around people who respect you mutually. This is achieved by setting healthy boundaries and taking care of the other person’s boundaries as well. People who manage to make healthy boundaries with others tend to live happier than people who don’t. Obviously, no one likes how it feels to get depleted by someone.
9. Try not to compare yourself to others
I know this one is a bit difficult, try not to do this. Every human being is different and unique in their own way. You can embrace something good about another person without comparing them with your own self. Look around and you can see something beautiful in everyone. The same goes for you too. And there will always be someone better than you. So, you need to stop comparing yourself with anyone else. You don’t have to be perfect to be self-contained. People who are satisfied with what they have lived happily. They don’t have to worry about competing with anyone out of jealousy. At the same time, it’s important to try to be a better version of yourself.
10. Share your feelings when needed
We, humans, are social animals and it’s always good to have someone to share our feeling with. No matter if you are sad or happy, you can always share what to feel with your close ones. It doesn’t make you weak. Expressing your emotions is a healthy sign. When you are sad, hurt, or disappointed, it’s okay to vent to someone you have trust in. Also, when you are angry with someone, it’s okay to let them know. When you are nervous, it’s okay to ask for help. Sharing your emotions will avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.
It’s necessary to realize that there’s no particular rule or healthy habits for leading a happy life and you cannot keep yourself happy all the time. Happiness and sorrows are a part and parcel of our lives. Acceptance is the key to achieve a generalized concept of happiness which is more about keeping your calm even in situations that might bring you down. It’s all about rising again after a breakdown rather than choosing to stay on the dark side of life. It’s about feeling your emotions and not faking positivity but still having the hope that this is temporary and everything will eventually be fine.
We hope that this blog on 10 healthy habits of healthy people would be helpful to you. Meanwhile, you can also read our blog on The Benefits of Having a Healthy Mind.