7 Happy People Secrets We Should All Try ...

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Happy people secrets might sound like something out of a cult, but new research suggests that they could really exist.2

A worldwide study of 3,000 people who routinely scored highly on happiness tests uncovered that they shared a number of life lessons – dubbed the happy people secrets – that the rest of us could learn from.

Sounds worth learning, right?

Here are your new lessons for 2014!

1. Accept What You Have

Okay, so this is the most obvious of the happy people secrets, but research shows that the happiest people have modest levels of expectation and aspiration.

That means that they want things that they can really get, and they don’t have unrealistic expectation.

They know how to avoid disappointment, and they strive for realistic goals.

Overall, they are happy with their lot in life.

That’s got to be a win, right?!

2. Enjoy What You do

Don’t do things for the money or the glory.

There’s no point being in a job that you hate or being surrounded by colleagues you can’t stand because it pays well, because you’ll be miserable.

A huge amount of people spend the best years of their life trying to make money, and later spend that same money that they saved trying to recover their lost health and family.

Don’t make the same mistake.

Do something that makes you happy.

3. Choose to Be Happy

Don’t be afraid to take a step back from life and re-evaluate your goals and targets.3

Imagine life as a story that you can edit as you go along, not as a finished book.

You do need to choose to be happy, and to make changes – it’s an active decision to be a happy person.

4. Live for Today

This is the one I need to focus on the most.

Don’t dwell on the past.

As tempting as it is to think about things that have gone wrong or past failures, it won’t help.

Similarly, stop dreaming of an idealistic future that doesn’t exist yet.

Live in today.

If you aren’t happy right now, why will tomorrow be any different?

And if you can’t be happy tomorrow, you won’t be happy next week.

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