12 Things Happy People Do Differently

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Slowing down and simplifying life equates to decluttering, organising, purging, sorting, minimising. Right?

It seems that living a slower, simpler life revolves around how much of your stuff you can get rid of. An endless cycle of clearing out, making do, doing without.

When in fact these are only the first steps to creating a slower, simpler life.

What we really aim to do is find time to focus on the things that matter most. To find freedom. To find new experiences. To find calm. To find contentment.

To find happiness.

At least, that’s what I want. What do you see when you picture your simpler, slower life?


The list below made me light up like a firecracker. Who doesn’t want to be happier? And what better way then emulating what it is that happy people do?

(This list of wonderfulness was found via Marc and Angel Hack Life. Click through for a more in-depth look at each of the 12 things on the list.)

12 Things Happy People do Differently:

  1. Express gratitude.
  2. Cultivate optimism.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
  4. Practice acts of kindness.
  5. Nurture social relationships. 
  6. Develop strategies for coping
  7. Learn to forgive. 
  8. Increase flow experiences.
  9. Savor life’s joys
  10. Commit to your goals.
  11. Practice spirituality. 
  12. Take care of your body.

Which is your favourite? And which do you need to work on most?

My favourite is definitely to savor life’s joys. And I absolutely need to work on forgiveness (particularly towards myself). That’s a big one indeed…

9 Responses to 12 Things Happy People Do Differently

  1. Great list B that made me smile too.. I just find the constant battle to clear out, organise and simplify with three small “helpful” kids exhausting. I always seem to get stuck with the day to day stuff and never get to the culling. All in good time if I dont run out of stamina first!

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