12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People

12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People

My word for 2017 is ‘Happy’ and though I’ve not written much about it, I’m constantly aware of this. So I was very happy to have Olivia Norton offer to do a guest post on the very subject and the 12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People.

Happiness is universal. It defines no boundaries, race, culture, age, gender and social status. Although its definition seems so general, not all people have it.

How can you achieve happiness without much effort? Happy people practice certain habits and possess such traits that you can also acquire to find happiness.

12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People

Below are characteristics of people who find happiness and peace in their lives:

1. They are committed to their goals.

Happiness is not easy to find, however, happy people know how to search for it. They aim high and dream big. They set up goals to make their aspirations happen. After setting up their goals, they find ways to attain it. They never stop pursuing their goals until they achieve it.

2. They let go of bitterness.

Happy people know how to forgive and forget. They never keep grudges because it is a barrier to their happiness. Bitterness absorbs negative emotions such as resentment, anger and pain. Letting go of bitterness means you allow the positive things to come in and the negative things to go.

3. They appreciate the moment.

Happy people would never let the present time just passed. They appreciate each moment because they know how precious time is. They pay attention to every detail and are not in a hurry to just let the day end without doing anything special. Even in bad times, they would face it, no matter how hard it is.

4. They let go of what they can’t control.

Happy people know their boundaries. They focus their efforts only on important things and to those that they can control.

5. They thrive during the hard times.

Happy people don’t give up easily, even in difficult times. They see hardships and failures as a signal to start again. They believe in the saying that “Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.”

6. They know how to give more than to take.

Giving for happy people is so natural. They don’t give to get something in return. For them, giving makes them happy as they see other people happy. They don’t expect anything in return when they give.
7. They are thankful. Happy people are grateful for everything they have. They appreciate the little things around them. Grateful people have less stress and are able to cope up with anything. They also possess more positive emotions.

8. They are kind.

Happy people know how to share kindness. They help others, even in simple ways. Sometimes, they even leave themselves just to see other people happy.

9. They cultivate healthy relationships.

They just don’t have a connection. They build strong connections with their loved ones. When they allow others in their lives, they know how to protect, respect and love them. These things make them happy.

10. They nurture their mind and body.

It’s so impossible for someone to be happy when the physical or mental state is not in good condition. This is why happy people possess this trait. They know how to take care of their own mind and body by living a healthy lifestyle.

11. They are happy to be with happy people.

Toxic people can drain your energy. Happy people boost it. If you want to be truly happy, be with people who know how to laugh, joke, smile and appreciate life. When you hang with happy people, you’re more likely to get the same positive vibes that they create.

12. They can withstand discomfort.

Happy people don’t just appreciate the good times. In fact, they face the bad times; even it brings uneasiness and discomfort. They are willing to be there at that moment because they know that soon it would be over.

Olivia Norton has been writing for over 10 years, specializing on niches, including life, addiction recovery especially about treatment for cocaine addiction and health. Aside from her busy work, she also balances her time between family, business and seeking new adventures.

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The 7 Benefits Of Prayer

The 7 Benefits Of Prayer

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this being Easter, I’ve been thinking and meditating and yes, even praying. Prayer can be tasking for those who don’t believe or don’t who don’t see the value of it. Prayer is an intimate way of being one with the Lord. It is our means of communication to our God. More than just being in the presence of God, prayers have many benefits. Here are 7 benefits of prayer:

The 7 Benefits Of Prayer

#1 Answer

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Luke 11:9-10.

Prayers enable you to ask for what your heart desires. And when you do, God answers, albeit often quite differently from what you want. He instead gives you what you need. Unanswered prayers are often the best prayers of all.

#2 Healing

There are many incidents in the Bible when Jesus healed the sick.  We have access to God’s healing through prayers. The Koran too speaks of the healing power of God.

Mankind there has come to you a guidance from your Lord and a healing for (the diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe a guidance and a mercy. – Koran

#3 Joy

It’s amazing how a simple prayer can lift our spirits up. It is impossible not to feel better after praying. There is something about prayers that drives away sadness and replace it with joy.

#4 Clarity

Prayer clears your mind because focusing on the Higher Power sets your perspective right. You focus on what is relevant and what is not becomes plain.

Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.
Eugene H Peterson

#5 Strength

When troubled, prayers can give us strength. It is being aware that we have a big God who takes care of us and He will lift you up when you’re down.

#6 Protection

The whole Psalm 91 is a prayer for protection. It reminds us how we are kept safe under God’s wings.

“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”

#7 Peace of mind

Prayer keeps worries away. Prayers remind us Who is in charge of everything so we can sleep soundly at night.

“May all be prosperous and happy
May all be free from illness
May all see what is auspicious
May no one suffer”

“May there be Peace in Heaven, Sky, Earth, Water, Plants, Trees, Gods, in various Worlds; May there be Peace in all. May there be Peace indeed within Peace, Giving me the Peace which grows within me.
Om peace, peace, peace” -Shanti Path, Upanishads

Prayer affects our being more than we think. It transforms us into a better version of ourselves.

When you pray, you are not changing the heart of God, He is changing yours. –Bo Sanchez

Do you believe in prayer?

happy easter weekend

How to Make Your Weekend Meaningful  #FridayReflections

How to Make Your Weekend Meaningful #FridayReflections

You can feel it. It’s almost here. The most awaited time of the week…it’s the weekend!!! Finally, a break from all the grinding you did in the past 5 days. What to do? You can let it past like nothing or you can make your weekend meaningful.

How to Make Your Weekend Meaningful

People over things

You work hard for your loved ones. When you’ve got time to be away from work, what could make your weekend meaningful than spending it with them. Have some quality time with your family. Meet up with friends especially those you haven’t seen for a while. Or if you have pets which you consider as family, bring them to the vet for grooming or go have a run with them. Make your weekend more meaningful by spending it with people and not with things.

Serve

There’s nothing more humbling and fulfilling than giving back. Give back to the environment, to the community and to the world by serving. Volunteer to your local organizations that are dedicated to cleaning and taking care of the planet. Volunteer to a local shelter. Help serve in the orphanage or home for the elderly. Go visit a hospital and give gifts especially to the sick children.

Re-ignite your passion

Your hobby which you’ve been neglecting, go revisit it. Maybe you’re into painting, making crafts, gardening, or playing musical instruments. What’s the one thing that brings fire in your belly? What recharges your soul? What makes you feel alive? The answer to that is your passion. Go re-ignite your passion to make your weekend meaningful.

Travel

You don’t have to go far and spend thousands to enjoy a weekend away. Visit a museum nearby. Visit the nearby city or town you’ve never been to. There is so much to see and enjoy if you just keep your sense of wonder and be open to new things and experience.

Rest

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. Genesis 2:2

Even God rested when all His work was done. Use your weekend to rest. It may seem sacrilege to the workaholics but that’s how it goes. God shows us that no matter what we do, we need to set aside a time to rest. You’ll be amazed by what rest could do to your being.

Resting will recharge your body and refresh your spirit. Your brains will work better if it has rested. You will instantly feel better and ready for the coming week.

If you want to stay healthy and keep going, don’t neglect what your body needs. It is mostly in the weekend when you can do what you want and need. To make your weekend meaningful is more than just a gratification. It is also a must to for a better, richer life.

#FridayReflections

It’s Friday today and although Sanchie Vee and I had decided to take a break from #FridayReflections through April, I decided to it slightly differently. I’m putting up a linky – and asking you to write on any of the older prompts that you may have liked and missed. I’ll have the same linky up all month through, just on fresh posts. Also, I’m asking for a link back to my blog in your post to prevent people who are writing ‘off prompt’ from adding their links.

If you want to know more about #FridayReflections and find prompts to write on, I’ve created a page with the ‘rules’ and the prompts. So go ahead and have a ball. Remember, to link up here so we can all enjoy your writing.

This post is in response to the prompt from 4 March 2016 – Describe your ideal Sunday.


How Our Story Ends | Phiona Mutesi  #MondayMusings

How Our Story Ends | Phiona Mutesi #MondayMusings

What are the stories we tell about ourselves? What are the stories we believe about ourselves. Does the past and its ‘bad experiences’  continue to hold us? Do we give bad circumstances the chance to hold us down? As I muse about this today, I’d like to introduce you to Phiona Mutesi – a girl who rewrote her own story.

Phiona Mutesi – The Queen of Katwe

How Our Story Ends

To be African is to be an underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. To be an underdog in Katwe. – Robert Katende, a missionary in Katwe who mentored chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi

This young girl re-wrote the story of an African, Ugandan, girl from Katwe. She didn’t allow the story to end in the usual way. She checkmated fate.

What about our stories……

When we are beholden to a narrative that defeats us, (whatever disparages or belittles or shames), we are afraid. And when we live afraid, the script shackles us. We live defensive and angry. So we don’t recognize that we have power inside to say how the story moves forward. – Terry Hershey

The idea of our stories is something I want to continue to look at in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned.

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Finding The Magic In Everyday Moments #weekendcoffeeshare

Finding The Magic In Everyday Moments #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how blessed I feel at this point in time. I’d tell you how I’m learning more and more to see beauty around me. I’m learning that despite being more busy than ever, it’s easy to be mindful if you tune your mind to look for beauty. I’m grateful that I’m finding the magic in everyday moments and loving it. I am gratefully present in the present.

Finding The Magic In Everyday Moments

“The only true enlightenment is awareness of the vivid reality of life, moment by moment.” – Kosho Uchiyama

 

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It is when we are confronted with…poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth. – Kathleen Basford

A tree planted by streams of water.Psalm 1.3

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The wind traverses the vast sky,
clouds emerge from the mountains;
Feelings of enlightenment and things of the world
are of no concern at all.
Suchness — Zen Master Keizan Jõkin

A view from our bedroom window. Flowering despite the summer. #mindfulness #flowers

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The woods are lovely, dark and…. Oh no, it’s just the road in front of our house. #livingfearlesslyauthentic

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Lighting up the workplace. #mindfulness #beautyisallaround

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If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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