22 Ways to Choose to Be Happy

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While I know that sometimes it seems like the whole world (right down to the barista at Starbucks) is against you, I believe that no matter what your circumstances, the one thing everyone is in control of, is how they choose to look at the things surrounding them. Granted, you may not be able to eliminate bad hair days, breakups, or cavities at the dentist, but you can take charge of your own reactions and attitude, and sometimes a slight adjustment can make the difference between an unhappy grouch and a regular Pollyanna. I came across this post on 22 Things Happy People Do Differently that outlines one blogger’s take on how some people manage to look on the bright side a little more often. And I think she’s onto something. Here is her list of things really happy people do a more often than the rest of  us:

  1. Don’t hold grudges
  2. Treat everyone with kindness
  3. See problems as challenges
  4. Express gratitude for what they already have
  5. Dream big
  6. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  7. Speak well of others
  8. Never make excuses
  9. Get absorbed in the present
  10. Wake up at the same time every morning
  11. Avoid social comparison
  12. Choose friends wisely
  13. Never seek approval from others
  14. Take the time to listen
  15. Nurture social relationships
  16. Meditate
  17. Eat well
  18. Exercise
  19. Live minimally
  20. Tell the truth
  21. Establish self control
  22. Accept what cannot be changed.

Pop on over and take a look at the original post for more details, but it makes a lot of sense. Think about the happiest people you know. They take charge of their lives, keep problems in perspective and don’t let anyone else rain on their parade. I know I always feel a little better about life after I’ve had a good workout, gotten eight hours of sleep, paid someone a compliment, spent time with good friends, and eaten a healthy meal. On the list of things that don’t make me feel great? Comparing my successes to others, spending beyond my means, and basing my feelings on the opinions of others. Instead, what if we try to stay thankful, treat obstacles as challenges, try not to let those things beyond our control bother us too much?

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