12 Habits of Happy People

In one of my previous posts, I have talked about “6 Good Habits that can help us to live a Happier life” now in this post, I am going to go through 12 Habits of Happy People, basically how happy people live their happy life.

Happiness is probably one of the things most wanted in the world but, unfortunately, can remain a lifelong quest for some people simply because they give the wrong meaning to happiness and associate happiness to material things when instead happiness comes from within.

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” Bob Marley

I personally believe that Happiness, as I have explained in “What is Happiness and How to Be Happy in 7 Steps”, is homemade and comes from within.

Here are the Habits of Happy People.

How do Happy People Live their life?


# 1 Know that HAPPINESS is a CHOICE

Happy people know that happiness is a choice and a way of life and they have made the decision to be happy, no matter what.

According to two studies published in The Journal of Positive Psychology., just trying to be happy can boost our emotional well-being. Those who actively tried to feel happier in the studies reported the highest level of positive moods, making a case for thinking yourself happy.

Nothing will make you happy until You Choose to Be Happy.

# 2 Express GRATITUDE

Happy People are grateful and appreciate what they have.

They don’t take anything for granted and they make the most of what they have.

Happiness is a state of mind worthy of celebration, which should be manifested by appreciation and gratitude.

Happy people show appreciation and gratitude also to the people around.  It goes beyond saying “thank you” to the people who make one happy, Expressing gratitude towards other people plays a big role in happiness.

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“Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.” Chip Conley

# 3 Practice KINDNESS and they are RESPECTFUL

Genuinely happy people treat others with kindness, respect, and sincerity, just the way they want to be treated.

Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier.

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They also listen to others, listening in fact, is one great way of showing respect.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama

Happy people habits kindness quote


The most visible trait of happy people is an adequate sense of self-esteem.

Happy people know that they have imperfections, but they also recognize their beauty and strengths. They understand that they are not perfect and don’t try to be.

Moreover, they do not let their weaknesses rule over their lives. Happy people see their weaknesses as an opportunity to improve. They also know how to deal with and overcome their insecurities.

They don’t need other people approval.

They are not concerned about what others think of them.

They don’t compare themselves to others.

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Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.”


Happy people know that Positive thinking can help to maintain their happiness.

They know the importance of our thoughts

When they talk, they use Positive affirmations.

They know how to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

They also know that overthinking can kill their happiness, so they don’t think too much, instead, when needed they take action.

They are not afraid to make mistakes because they believe they are not mistakes only feedback and also they know how to readjust things.

They turn mistakes into lessons.

Happy people see their problems as challenges and consider challenges as opportunities.

They don’t complain.

They accept what can not be changed.

“Positive thinking produces more energy, more initiative, and more happiness.”


Happy people don’t rush all the time, consciously or unconsciously, they practice Mindfulness, they live the present, and utilize all their senses to be in the here and now.

They are aware what is going on inside and around them.

They are in charge of themselves and they are aware that Happiness is in the present moment.

They don’t live on an autopilot.

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

# 6 They also have their share of LOW MOMENTS

Happy people also have their share of low moments in life, they don’t have all happy days. They do not have it easy all the time but tend not to dwell on negative emotions.

Even if obstacles come their way, happy people know how to acknowledge their blessings and be thankful for them.

Even in the face of despair, happy people still find the strength to remain positive.

What differentiate them from miserable people, is their positivity and their gratitude. Although positivity will not give them definite and instant solutions to their problems, they know that doses of positivity will give them the energy and strength to overcome any kind of problem.

Even if there are low moments in life, it should not stop a person from expressing gratitude for the smallest blessings.

It is all about having a positive mindset.


Happy people know the meaning of contentment and know how to live by it. Contentment is being satisfied with whatever one has.

They know that they cannot have everything they want whenever they want it, but it does not mean that it should be a reason to complain and be miserable. If they want more, they work for it.

A person can still be content even in pursuit of an ambition. The important thing is not to take the existing blessings for granted.

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”  Charles Spurgeon

# 8 Happy People LAUGH whenever they can 

Laughter is always linked to happy people. Happy people have a sense of humor and know when to have a good laugh, even when they are facing a huge problem and not only at things that are intentionally funny.

Happy people know how to laugh at themselves when they need to.

They do not take life too seriously because embarrassing things happen every now and then. Dealing with problems is a lot easier with a little sense of humor.

You might also like reading: The power of laughter, laughing can help us to live a happier life. 

Laughter is the Best Medicine


Happy people live and exemplify happiness by doing what they love and what puts a smile on their faces.

They pursue passions relentlessly.

They cultivate their talents and develop their interests. The joy that they get in pursuing their passions is what gives them fuel to live life to the fullest and attain happiness.

Happy individuals do not waste time in doing things that bore them and stunt their growth and self-fulfillment. They heed the call of their passions in order to become the best individuals that they can be.

They get happiness in pursuing their passions because it enables them to be the best in their field.

“The pursuit of your passion will spark the flame of a happy soul.” ― Lailah Gifty


Happy People Smile and surround themselves with other happy and positive people. Happiness is infectious. Happy people know how to spread the happiness they feel, to the people they interact with, whether through a one-time encounter or regular basis.

There are even studies that show that happy people tend to have more stable and strong relationships.

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Happy individuals find it easy to connect with other people because they are able to look past the flaws and imperfections of others.

Positivity should be exercised not only in situations concerning the self. Life is a lot easier when you focus on the good traits of other people too. It will be easier for people to be kinder to you if they see that you are willing to focus on their good side.


Even happy people are vulnerable to hurt and pain inflicted by others. Mistakes are inevitable, even in human relationships.  Nobody is perfect.

Happy people know this, but they do not let it ruin their lives. As hard as it may seem, happy people know, how to practice the art of forgiveness.

When they get hurt, they allow themselves an ample amount of time to heal and lick their own wounds.

But after that, they start opening themselves to the possibility of forgiving those that have hurt them.

Happy people know that when they are finally ready to forgive, they will set themselves and the people that have hurt them free from anguish and guilt.

Happy People let go of Grudges.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes

# 12 They get SPIRITUAL and or follow a RELIGION

Studies demonstrate a close link between religious and spiritual engagement (practice) and happiness.

A 2009 study (Spirituality Is Key To Kids’ Happiness) also found that children who felt their lives had a purpose (which was promoted by a spiritual connection) were happier.

Spirituality and prayer also provide people with an opportunity to engage in a meditative act.

Meditation has been shown to have a strong link with well-being because it calms the body, reduces stress and anxiety, and also supports positive thinking.

You might also like to read: Why is meditation so important and why it can help us to feel happier? and 35 Meditation quotes from famous people

Here I am at the end of “12 Habits of Happy People“.

Did you like any habit in particular? If yes, why don’t you take action and you add it in your life?

Remember:  we create a habit, both good and bad, repeating the same thing day after day.

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