7 Habits of the Happiest People (That Most of Us Rarely Practice)

7 Habits of the Happiest People (That Most of Us Rarely Practice)

via Inc.com by Marcel Schwantes

There is no better time than now to be thinking about making wise choices to ensure your own happiness.  

What science continues to affirm is that doing and thinking positive things throughout your work week are not only good for your health and well-being, they are especially good for business.

Here are seven habits of the happiest people — all solidly grounded in research. 

1. They choose kindness.

While most bosses don’t see the upside of kindness making any business impact, the evidence proves otherwise.  ​Research by Jonathan Haidt at New York University suggests that when a co-worker watches other co-workers help each other, it heightens a sense of well-being in that person. This is something Haidt calls “elevation.” And when we feel elevated by seeing an act of kindness, we are more likely to behave with kindness. In turn, kindness begets kindness and improves collaboration and productivity across teams.

2. They practice forgiveness.

Forgiveness allows you to look at your mistakes as a part of life which can provide awesome learning experiences and help you grow as a result. Research shows that forgiveness can help you let go and move on from upsetting situations more easily so you can enjoy life to the full. It literally lightens you up.

3. They are naturally curious.

Several studies suggest that curious people have better relationships, connect better, and enjoy socializing more. In fact, other people are more easily attracted and feel socially closer to individuals that display curiosity…

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