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Although people may have different ways of measuring happiness, there are some basic characteristics that everyone can agree on. Studies have shown that the way one lives throughout their adult years can determine their overall happiness. Having a positive outlook on the world around you can also help you feel satisfied in life.

 

Spend time with positive people

It’s true that we are affected by the company we keep. Hang around people constantly complaining, gossiping, and backbiting, and you will find yourself depressed, crabby, experiencing headaches, and more, all attributed to the influences around you. When you choose to share your time with people who always find the bright side of things, encourage others, and only talk about other people to share happy stories, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover just how infectious positivity can be!

 

Disconnect, disconnect, disconnect!

Many people don’t realize it, but everything we see and hear throughout the day affects us on some level, even subconsciously. Too much negative input from the media and the people around us will drain our energy. Learn to skim the news reports for any relevant information you need to know about and ignore everything else. It’s up to you to see to your mental health as well as your physical health. So put down that cell phone, shut off that computer, and read a good book!

 

Be kind to yourself every day

It’s very important that we take some time every day to do something kind and loving for ourselves. No matter how busy the day is, it is essential to set aside at least 10 minutes every day to listen to a few favorite songs (don’t forget to dance!), Play with your beloved fur baby, whip up a favorite (healthy!) dish, or arrange some fresh flowers in a beautiful vase.

 

Send love via your thoughts.

Some people call it meditation, some call it prayer, but simply going to your happy place and sending out good thoughts and wishes to others will activate a part of your brain that releases chemicals whose sole function is to make you feel wonderful. Tap into that energy every chance you get!

 

Get involved in your community​​

Being able to belong to a larger community can help boost one’s mental health. In addition to being able to connect with like-minded individuals, being part of a group that shares a common goal can also provide you with a sense of purpose in life. There are many ways to get involved in this type of community, such as volunteering with organizations that are focused on helping others.

 

Practice gratitude 

Although there are many things that people can be grateful for in life, it can be hard to remember to practice gratitude when it comes to the daily routine. Having a positive attitude can help people feel more satisfied in life. To keep track of all the things that are important to you in life, take a journal and write down all the little things that you’re grateful for. These can be small things that can make a big difference in your day-to-day life. For instance, a cup of hot coffee can help you feel better about yourself after a dreary day. Take a break from your busy schedule and try to spend some time in places that are pleasant. For instance, you can spend some time watching the sunset or slowing down your walk to enjoy the leaves.