1. They have a positive outlook on life
A fixed mindset or a development mindset are the two types of mindsets that people have. You believe you are who you are and can’t change if you have a fixed attitude. It can be a problem when challenged because anything that seems to be more than you can handle will make you feel despondent and overwhelmed. People that have a growth mentality feel that with effort, they can progress. They are happy as a result of their improved ability to deal with adversity. They also outperform others with a fixed perspective because they welcome difficulties and see them as opportunities to gain new skills.
2. They assist others
Not only does helping others make them happy, but it also makes you happy. Helping others releases oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which provide pleasurable feelings. According to Harvard research, employees who helped others were ten times more likely to be focused at work and 40% more likely to obtain a promotion. According to the same study, people who continuously provided social support were the most likely to be joyful during times of severe stress. As long as you don’t overextend yourself, assisting others will positively affect your mood.
3. They squander money on others
According to studies, spending money on others makes you happier than spending it on yourself. This is especially true of tiny gestures that show effort, such as going out of your way to buy a book you know your friend will enjoy.
4. They go out of their way to be happy
Nobody, including pleased people, wakes up feeling cheerful every day. They put in more effort than the rest of us. They understand how easy it is to fall into a pattern where you don’t pay attention to your feelings or actively endeavor to be joyful and optimistic. Happy people are constantly assessing their feelings and making decisions with their pleasure in mind.
5. They get enough sleep
I’ve talked about it a lot over the years, but I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for enhancing your attitude, focus, and self-control. When you sleep, your brain essentially recharges, eliminating harmful proteins that accumulate as byproducts of regular neuronal activity during the day. This guarantees that you are attentive and clear-headed when you wake up. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, your energy, attention, and memory all suffer. Even in the absence of a stressor, sleep loss elevates stress hormone levels. Sleep is essential to happy people because it helps them feel good, and they know how bad they feel when they don’t get enough of it.
6. They hold deep discussions
Happy people understand that happiness and substance go hand in hand. They stay away from gossip, small conversation, and passing judgment on others. They interact with others deeper because they know it feels good, creates an emotional connection, and is a fun way to learn. They place a greater emphasis on meaningful encounters.
7. They maintain a cheerful attitude
Everyone, an incredibly joyful person, is subject to adversity. Instead of whining about how things could or should have been, cheerful people think about all they have to be grateful for. Then they determine the best solution to the problem, implement it, and move on. Pessimism is a powerful source of sadness. Aside from the adverse effects on your mood, the difficulty with a pessimistic mindset is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: If you expect awful things to happen, you’re more likely to get them. Gloomy thoughts are difficult to overcome unless you see how irrational they are. If you force yourself to look at the facts, you’ll notice that things aren’t as awful as they appear.