8 Things Happy People Can Teach Us

happiness_by_miroku251-d4tf7v9The first line of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina famously states that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Could a similar statement also apply to individuals? In other words – are happy people somehow all alike? Dr. David Myers has indeed discovered that those who tend to be happy have several things in common. While happiness is undoubtedly a fleeting thing, it seems that having these eight characteristics might help you feel and cherish those precious happy moments.

So, what are happy people like?

1) Optimistic. This seems obvious – those who expect good things to happen keep their focus on the good moments. Because of this, even if an optimist’s day is equally filled with good and bad things, he is more likely to perceive that day as a happy one. Do you tend to be optimistic?

2) Creative. Having an active mind, pursuing your interests and finding new ways to approach familiar things and situations adds a certain spark that often increases one’s enjoyment in life.

3) Extroverted. Surveys show that those who tend to be more sociable and extroverted also tend to be happier. Are you an extrovert?

4) They have close relationships. Forming close relationships full of trust and love brings emotional fulfilment and helps to keep loneliness away.

5) They feel a sense of personal control. Being in control of one’s life makes it easier to deal with everyday stress. Take charge and fight against your helplessness whenever you can! If you are looking for that spark of happiness from things you are not in control of like slot machines, maybe reading about the psychology behind it will open your eyes (a quite interesting article can be found here).

6) They live balanced lives. Dedicating your life to only one area of life might leave you with a nagging feeling of imbalance. Being productive and still finding time for relaxation is the winning combination.

7) They have a spiritual foundation. Research shows that spirituality adds vitality and meaning to life, resulting in higher levels of happiness.

8) They like themselves. Happy people feel good in their own skin. This is perhaps a key quality you will need to truly feel happy! Think about your greatest qualities, remember why it is simply good to be you, and happiness will find you on its own.

How to harness your creativity

creativityIt may come with an air of intangibility, but creativity is one of the most important facets of the human psyche. It’s something that we all possess in some form or another and it is increasingly what separates us from others in a work setting. Companies are increasingly looking to employ so called “creative people” as a means of getting, and staying, ahead of the competition. While the term creativity may have vastly different meanings to different people, there are a number of proven methods for harnessing one’s creativity. The three methods outlined below have been shown to be three of the most effective means of harnessing your own inner creative power.

  1. Creating a perfect place of your own. Time and again, when interviewed, the most creative people tend to cite this as the primary factor in effectively harnessing their creativity. Having a designated space of your own, where you can close yourself off from the world and really be alone with your thoughts, while having the freedom to work as you wish, is positively critical when it comes to promoting creative thinking.
  2. Keep track of all ideas, no matter how seemingly ludicrous. One of the most effective ways to harness your inner creativity is to simply write down all your ideas. Keep them in a notebook and keep that notebook with you at all times. No ideas are useless; embrace this feeling. Some of the most innovative concepts come from connecting seemingly unrelated ideas, ideas that may have at first seemed strange or illogical.
  3. Take time out. As strange as it may sound, one of the best ways to promote creative thinking is to switch off and take time out. Go for a walk, go to the gym, play a round of online slots, get away from all distractions and just let your thoughts flow. Creativity is a strange beast and one that often bites when you least expect it.