5 things happy people do differently and how you can too

September 30, 2017 Published by
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Honey Good discusses things happy people do differently in their lives

It is early in the morning and I just hung up the phone with a friend. He told me to read, “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” It is a story of the 14th Dali Lama and President Desmond Tutu. It got me thinking about a lot of different things, but eventually back to the topic of things happy people do. Let me start at the beginning.

After saying goodbye I thought about how the Dali Lama, my father and the word “joy” have impacted my life.

I recalled a conversation I had with a Rabbi four years ago. At the time, I was studying for my Bat Mitzvah when the Rabbi asked me, “What impact does the word holy play in your life?”

I remember stammering for an answer because truth be told I had never given the word any thought pertaining to my lifestyle. I answered, “Holiness is in the heavens. It is God.” I continued, “Do you know any person on Earth who is holy?”

I will never forget his answer.

“I know people who have pieces of holiness,” he replied. I still love that answer. He continued, “I know one person who is holy.”

“Who is that one person?” I asked.

“The Dali Lama,” he replied.

When we hung up, I thought about the holy and always smiling Dali Lama, the people in my life who have pieces of holiness and my father who taught me the meaning of the phrase, “Always take the high road.”

They all had and still have the same characteristics in common: They are happy.

Six things happy people do differently

  1. Happy people are grateful. A person cannot be happy unless they are grateful.
  2. Happy people cope. Regardless of the adversities they face, they have developed positive methods of coping.
  3. Happy people have direction. They set achievable goals, therefore avoiding frustration. They are realists.
  4. Happy people are spiritual. They believe in something greater than themselves.
  5. Happy people take the high road. They do the right thing. If someone has wronged them, they do not seek revenge. They live by their moral code and forgive, ignore or not let it worry them.
  6. Happy people know money alone will not bring happiness. In a recent survey, employees were asked what made them eager to go to work each day?  Happiness in the workplace won first place.

How can women over 50 begin to lead a happier life? 

  • Write in a journal each morning what made you grateful the day before. Start thinking about gratitude. There is something to appreciate everyday.
  • Practice taking the high road. It is the morally proper choice. You will feel powerful when you follow your core values and not your emotions.
  • Spend time with men and women who are uplifting and practice happiness.
  • Think of others: share, care, love.
  • Appreciate your blessings. Never give up hope.
  • Smile and make your own magic. 

What about you, dear readers? Do you notice other that things happy people do that you can implement into your life?

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  • Sophie Wright says:

    I recently lost my Husband and I was with .him since I was 15 , arrived for 53 years next Month, he was the Love Of My Life, put me on a Pedestal where my Dad left off.He treated me like a Princess and we traveled to,the Carribean every year that we could and then had our kids vacation at the Ocean as Family…. Imhave 4children All educated , Oldest Son is A Partner for a Big Law firm And is Copyright, Patent Law And IPS, Scond is a Daughter in the investment field, Third Son has his MBA and Works for Merk.and My youngest is going for her NP, Imhave blessed With 5 Beautiful Grandchildren.❤️The Heart Is Missing My Soulmate badly And I have an Empty Hope in My Heart..I really like all your Stories you write and I Love To Read.Trying To Get My Life Together has been difficult, and Life is not the Normal,Anymore..Just Wanted To Share..Thank You

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Dear Sophie, You and your husband as teammates were a wonderful duo. What a marvelous family you raised and educated. I can feel your loss. I was a widow in my forties and I know first hand the awful pain. As you know I remarried and have been with my 2nd husband for over 20 years. I would be lost without him. So I can sympathize with you.Please go to Amazon and buy How to Survive the Loss of a Love. It is the 2nd edition. I prefer the 1st edition. Maybe you can find it on EBay. The book became my best friend when I was widowed. It helped me through the rain. Warmly,Honey

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