We often let the stresses of life bring us down. But there are several things each and every one of us can incorporate into our daily routine to boost our mood and brighten our day. It’s mind over matter. Whether it’s traffic, a headache or your work load that’s bringing you down, positive thoughts can make all the difference.

Here are seven habits that can make you feel happier on a daily basis:

1. Find Something To Be Grateful For

As bad as you feel things are, remember that there is always something to be grateful for. It might be a roof over your head, a family who loves you, a stable job or friends who are there for you. Reminding yourself of your blessings can help you get through the tough times.

2. Live In The Present

Happy people don’t let the past bring them down. They also don’t wait around for something good to happen to them. They live in the present and work toward their goals. They make time for family, friends and the things they are most passionate about. They don’t let their lives pass them by, they make sure to enjoy things as they happen.

3. Don’t Worry About What Others Think About You

Worrying about the thoughts and opinions of others can take a toll on you mentally and emotionally. Happy people know that it’s impossible to please everyone. They don’t let the negative opinions of others effect how they feel. They do what makes them happy and appreciate those who support them.

4. Always Be Friendly

Being friendly to others is never overrated. Even if you aren’t having the best day, someone else could be facing even bigger challenges. Whether it’s the grocery store clerk, your coffee barista or your co-worker, you never know when someone could use a little kindness.

5. Smile

Your mood can have either a positive or a negative effect on others. Happy people make an effort to smile and laugh as much as possible. Whether everything in their life is going right or everything is going wrong, they smile to stay positive and spread happiness to those around them.

6. Keep Learning

Happy people are curious people. They love to soak up knowledge and learn more about the world around them. They know that there’s always something left to learn, always something to be discovered. They follow their passions and take interest in the positive things that give them energy, to make each day more meaningful.

7. Make Your Contribution To The World Around You

One of the most effective ways to bring happiness to your life is to make positive changes to the world around you. This can be achieved by volunteering in your community, helping someone in need, or simply smiling at a stranger. Happy people do what they can to make the world a better place.

Check out the video below to learn more about being happy!

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