One Trait That The World’s Happiest People Share And How To Use It

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been consumed with the concept of happiness. Not just with finding it, but also with understanding it and identifying what conditions create it.

I’m still a long way from figuring it out, but if you want to follow my journey you can listen to my podcast, Hacking Happiness.

Today I want to talk about one trait that I’ve found to be almost universal among the world’s happiest people: Optimism.

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Optimism means hoping things will turn out in your favor. But it also means taking the view that every event or circumstance presents an opportunity for something good to happen.

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Here are a few ways you can be more optimistic in your daily life:

  1. Change your perspective.
     Instead of asking yourself what can go wrong or what is the worst that could happen, try asking what is the best that could happen?
  2. Think about all the things that have gone right.
    Surely there are many things that have gone right in your life. Think of them and let them remind you that things can and will go your way.
  3. Acknowledge what is out of your control. 
    Don’t waste time worrying about things that you have no power over. This will give you more time to focus on the things that you have an opportunity to influence. This way, you can focus your efforts and not waste time worrying about things you cannot change.
  4. Surround yourself with optimists
    There is an old saying that birds of a feather flock together. Trying spending more time with people who are optimistic and you will find that you start to think like them.

Optimism doesn’t mean that things will always go your way, but it means that things can go as planned, and stepping up to the plate to make sure they do whenever possible. It’s no wonder that the happiest people in the world tend to be optimistic.

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