7 things happy people do every day

7 things happy people do every day November 1, 2015

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One of the greatest desires of the human heart is to find true and meaningful happiness. Maybe you’ve grown cynical in your quest for happiness, and you’ve convinced yourself that it’s an illusion or a delusion. I’m convinced that happiness is very real and very attainable, but it’s NOT the result of luck, circumstances or even personality traits. Anyone can find happiness because it’s the result of our choices, not our circumstances.

The simplest and most effective way to improve your own happiness is to learn from truly happy people. In my experiences and interactions, the happiest people I know consistently do the following things (in no particular order). If we’ll implement these disciplines into our own lives on a daily basis, I believe happiness will follow.

Seven things happy people do every day:

1. Encourage others instead of criticizing them.

When we criticize others, it bends our minds towards criticism, but when we choose to be encouragers, we find ourselves being encouraged in the process. When we consistently criticize, everybody loses. When we consistently encourage, everybody wins.

Be an encourager world has enough critics Dave Willis quote davewillis.org

 

2. Be at peace with not having everything “figured out.”

When I’m most stressed, it’s usually when I’m trying to figure out everything out on my own. When I’m most at peace, it’s when I remind myself that God is in control and He’s got everything figured out already. I’m not saying we should flippantly approach life’s problems as if we’re always powerless to resolve them, but I am saying that worrying accomplishes nothing and faith accomplishes much.

figure it out have faith quote Dave Willis davewillis.org

 

3. Prioritize people over possessions.

The happiest people I know don’t base their happiness on their possessions or their pursuits. They have wisely realized that relationships are what matter most. They gain strength from knowing that they’re loved by God and their friends and families and they consistently invest into those relationships.

once people know they're fully unconditionally loved it changes everything quote love Dave Willis davewillis.org

 

4. Take time to unplug and rest.

In our world of constant connectivity, we’re tempted to run at an unsustainable pace to accomplish all we can. The happiest and healthiest people I know fight against this frenetic pace by intentionally “unplugging” from their electronics and making time to rest and recharge. Work is important but so is rest! When we make rest a priority, we’ll recharge the body and the soul.

Sleep in peace tonight God is bigger than anything you will face tomorrow faith quote Dave Willis davewillis.org

 

5. Use struggles to become better and not bitter.

We all go through hard times. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we respond to what happens to us. The happiest people I know have worked through their struggles with faith and perseverance even through their tears and pain. They refuse to give up, so the struggles only make them stronger.

God has a purpose for your pain reason for struggle reward faith faithfulness trust Him don't give up quote inspirational Dave Willis davewillis.org

 

6. Do good for those who can’t repay.

Selfless service to others is countercultural in our success-driven, self-focused world, but the happiest people I know are the ones who serve others. As a follower of Jesus, I see this principle as not only a path to happiness but as a God-given mandate as well.

 

do good for those who can't repay is love repayment is networking quote Dave Willis davewillis.org

 

7. Choose to be thankful.

Thankfulness isn’t a result of having more; it’s the result of choosing to be thankful for what you already have. The happiest people I know choose an “attitude of gratitude” each day, and as a result, they find true contentment whether they have a little or a lot. You can’t put a price tag on that kind of happiness!

 

be thankful attitude of gratitude quote Dave Willis davewillis.org

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  • momtarkle

    Remove your dependency on your God from these suggestions and they will have AT LEAST equal usefulness.

  • Daniel

    Seek the creator of Joy first! Don’t just seek to be happy but seek the one who invented happy. Happiness is not just a product of evolution or self-seeking it is the result of finding and learning to love the creator!

  • Judy Horton-Holm

    Good advise for a new day! Remember He is always with us, and can be invited with a sigh!

  • Ranger

    momtarkle, you missed the point of this article. If you don’t have anything productive to say, then don’t comment. Why don’t you talk with someone about the God who our Country’s Founders relied upon, referenced in our founding documents, and who continues to provide the bounty enjoyed by our Country’s citizens? The God of Light, the God of Peace, The True God and His Son, my Savior Jesus Christ. Please keep your acidic rhetoric to yourself. It is not useful nor appreciated here, especially in light of this most positive article.