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Happier people are generally healthier people—not only mentally, but also physically. And who doesn’t want to be happy?

There are certain common traits among happy people, and they don’t have anything to do with how much they own, what their house looks like, or how famous they are.

So what is the secret to happiness?

The traits leading to happiness are simply a different way of thinking about things and doing things. This includes the way you choose to think about and act on the past, present, and future.

Past. When thinking about the past, people who are happier pay attention to what was good about the past, rather than focusing on the unhappy times. They are grateful, forgiving, and don’t believe that the past will determine what happens in the future.

Present. The way you think about and act in the present is also essential in determining how happy you are: take pleasure in life and your surroundings, build and nurture meaningful relationships, accept that you will experience a mix of good and bad in life.

Future. When it comes to thinking about the future, happy people are realistic but optimistic about their future. If it doesn’t turn out that way, they know it’s not going to be the end of the world either.

But does aiming to be happy mean you can’t ever be sad? Not at all. In fact, going through times where you’re sad can sometimes make that happiness all the brighter. Sadness is a part of the balance of life, and sometimes it’s even possible to feel happy and sad about something at the same time.

Acknowledgement: This information was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com and adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth



Many articles in this section were adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth