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You want to be happy with yourself and your life. Who doesn't?
Maybe you're here because you're unhappy right now, and you're seeking some ideas to improve your happiness.
There's good reason to look for ways to be happy.
A growing body of research tells us happiness isn't just a lovely feeling — it's also quite beneficial for you.
It's been linked to a load of life benefits including a higher income, a stronger immune system, and even a boost in creativity.
Psychologists Ed Diener of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Shigehiro Oishi of the University of Virginia conducted a happiness study of more than 10,000 participants from 48 countries.
They discovered that people all over the world rate happiness as more important than other highly desirable personal outcomes like meaning in life, becoming rich, and getting into heaven.
People who are happy with themselves also make for a stronger, healthier, more productive society.
Being Happy is in Your Control
True happiness isn't just that burst of joy that comes with getting a promotion, getting engaged, or winning the lottery.
Sustained happiness with yourself involves contentment and peace of mind, the feelings you want in between those big bursts.
We all have a happiness set point, a baseline degree of happiness determined by genetics. Some people are naturally more optimistic than others.
But beyond that set point, a great deal of being a happier person is in our control, according to happiness researcher and author Sonja Lyubomirsky.
In fact, 40% of being happy with ourselves is determined by our choices and habits.
That's great news because 40% gives you a lot to work with — even if you're a more pessimistic person.
If you want to be happy always (or at least as often as your set point allows), you need to adopt some proven happiness habits.
How to Be Happy Always: 50 Happy Habits to Adopt
1. Dwell in the present.
Constantly reliving the pain of the past keeps you mired in negativity, guilt, anger, and sadness. Keep your mind focused on the present moment and all the good available to you right now.
It's not easy to stay focused in the moment all the time, but the more you do, the happier you'll be. With practice, being present becomes easier and more natural.