Is your glass half empty or half full? The great philosopher—Forest Gump—once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
As much as we try to be control freaks over life, it can be more unpredictable than Janet Jackson at the Superbowl. While we can’t have complete control over what happens in life, we do have control in how we approach, and respond to situations in life.
We all know someone who is blissfully happy—who doesn't have a care in the world. Usually, we find them profoundly disruptive to our inner cynic. But perhaps we should take a page out of their book, see what all the happiness fuss is about.
Here are 5 habits of blissfully happy people:
1. They look in the mirror.
The wisdom of the Ancient Greeks preached stepping to the beat of your own drum—"Know Thyself.” No person could conquer an army of a thousand, if they could not conquer themself.
Blissfully happy people run their own race. As competitive as they may be with others, their greatest victories come from improving themselves.
Comparison is crippling. Become the best version of yourself.
2. They time-travel.
Living in the moment is crucial. But the 'moment' is shaped from the past and directed toward the future. Blissfully happy people, reflect on the path, and create visions for the future—that makes the experience of the present even more meaninful.
Magnify your experience of the present moment as you frame it with gratitude for your past, and excitement about your future.
3. They build bridges.
And get over it. They know that dwelling in anger at someone else, is ultimately a form of self-harm. Forgiveness doesn't have to include a restoration of a damaged relationship, it's freeing yourself from the damage of that relationship.
4. They take the road less travelled.
Because the status quo has never been exciting. Blissfully happy people are adventurists. They know that magic happens outside the comfort zone. That stretching brings positive growth. They’re not only seeking after new experiences, but unique experiences.
Whatever the fork looks like in the road that you encounter, don’t be afraid of stepping completely off the road. Ask yourself: When was the last time, I did something for the first time?
5. They wear their heart.
Not only on their sleeve—on everything. Blissfully happy people stand for something and they’re not ashamed of what they believe. They’re clear on their convictions and confident in their expression of it. They know the importance of having a solid foundation.
Alex Hamilton said, “Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.”
Freedom of expression is bound with the human experience. Embrace what you believe.