Some people are clearly happier than others. You can feel it when you’re around them. The little things don’t seem to bother them. They’re fully present, genuine and optimistic. You get the impression that life is just easier for them.
It is easier. However, it isn’t easier because they’re lucky or because their circumstance is better. No, it’s easier because they’re happy. It’s a catch-22. Find happiness and life gets easier…even when it’s unfair, even when the world kicks you in the face.
People who are happy, really happy, not faking it, have three things in common:
- They take care of themselves. They like living in their own body. They make time for “body/mind/spirit” activities.
- They feel like they’re making a difference. They’re doing something important: raising kids, meeting work goals, impacting the lives of others, etc…
- They’re appreciated. The people in their lives are grateful for their efforts: recognized at work, loved by family, cherished by friends.
Not happy? Which one of these is lacking in your life? What can you do about it?