8 Things Happy People Are Averting

Unhappy people do certain things that happy people avoid like the plague. If you’re
doing these things, you’re not as happy as you could be. Achieving anything involves
avoiding certain behaviors and adopting other behaviors. The same holds true for
your happiness.

Some people have a natural skill for being happy. Even If this skill isn’t natural for you,
you can learn.

Avoid engaging in these behaviors if you want to be happy:

1. Dwelling on the past. Feeling bad about something that’s already happened
doesn’t make a lot of sense. Without a time machine, there’s nothing you can
do. Late for your job interview yesterday? How will feeling bad about it help
now? Mad at yourself for not asking out Suzie Watson in 11th grade? It’s too
late now.
Leave the past alone and focus on today. Life only happens in the
present. You’re wasting your life by being focused on the past or the

2. Do not worry about the future. Worrying about the future isn’t much better than
being bitter about the past. Both perspectives sacrifice your present and ruin
your mood. Prepare for the future, but avoid worrying about it. Most of your
concerns will never happen anyway

3. Holding a grudge. Refusing to forgive others only punishes you. Half of the
people you’re mad at don’t even know it. They’re going about their lives without
any concern for you. Who are you actually punishing? Only yourself.

4. Comparing themselves to others. With over 8 million people roaming the
Earth, there’s always going to be someone who’s wealthier, better looking,
smarter or a better disco dancer. Comparing yourself to others is a losing game,
especially when you compare your weaknesses to other’s strengths.

5. Ignoring the positive. Humans are programmed to look for danger and focus on
the negative. That makes it easy to ignore all the positive things going on in your
You can counteract this tendency by making a list of all the good things in
your life and reading it each day. Make a habit out of this. Keep the list by
your bed and read it every morning and night.

6. Focusing on the negative. When you look at everything that isn’t the way you’d
like it, it’s easy to feel depressed and hopeless. Again, give fair time to the
positive things in your life. You have plenty of them.

7. Worrying about the opinions of others. You might think you outgrew this
mindset after high school you’d be one of the very rare few. Kicking this
habit can take a lifetime, but it’s also incredibly satisfying. You’re never free if
you’re worried about what others are thinking. It taints every decision you

8. Working at a job they dislike. It’s called “work” for a reason, but it doesn’t make
sense to spend 8+ hours each day in a way you despise. Find work that you find
agreeable and you’ll remove one of the primary causes of unhappiness.

Are you as happy as you’d like to be? If not, there are certain things you must avoid
doing if you want to maximize your happiness. Happiness is a choice you must make
each day.
Failing to choose happiness is choosing unhappiness. You have to make the
effort if you want to experience happiness on a regular basis.

Consider your perspective of the world. Is it making you happier or less happy? How
do you spend your time? What do you think about it? What changes can you make that
will shift your life toward happiness? Spend some time thinking about it. These ideas
can change your life.

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