13 Things Happy People Do Differently

I ran across this nice list of “12 things happy people do differently” the other day. It’s really a wonderful list and I wanted to share it with you all. However, I’ve got one thing to add. I think it’s an overarching feature of many of the points below. It is: Keep Your Focus on the Big Picture. So many things, when looked at in a narrow way, translate into problems. But, stepping back, they are often not problems at all. I think that if you step back far enough, there are no problems at all… but we won’t get into that today.

Back to the topic at hand, here’s the list of 12 from Jacob Sokol (click on the link to read his short paragraphs on each one):

  1. Express gratitude.
  2. Cultivate optimism.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
  4. Practice acts of kindness.
  5. Nurture social relationships.
  6. Develop strategies for coping.
  7. Learn to forgive.
  8. Increase flow experiences.
  9. Savor life’s joys.
  10. Commit to your goals.
  11. Practice spirituality.
  12. Take care of your body.
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