According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, in her excellent book, “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want,” very happy people tend to share the following characteristics:
“They devote a great amount of time to their families and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships.
They are comfortable expressing gratititude for all they have.
They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby.
They practice optimism when imagining their futures.
They savor life’s pleasures and try and live in the present moment.
They make physical exercise a weekly and even daily habit.
They are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions (e.g., fighting fraud, building cabinets, or teaching their children their deeply held values.)
Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in some circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is the poise and strength they show in coping in the face of challenge.”
While many of us don’t naturally demonstrate all of these charactetistics, we can certainly work to cultivate them if we choose, and the investment in time and effort appears to be well worth it…