Happiness isn’t just a state of mind. It’s not just a thing that changes from moment to moment, and there are external forces out of your control that weigh on it. That said, your reaction to those external forces can be brought into your control through mindfulness, leaving your all the happier in the long run.
The happiest people in the world do some things differently. They embrace negative feelings as a normal part of life and work through them. They feel a sense of gratitude even when things aren’t going their way. They feel empathy toward others instead of anger and they practice compassion instead of revenge.
The happiest man in the world, Matthieu Ricard, meditates on happy thoughts for at least 15 minutes a day. Are there any characteristics you can adopt to make your life happier? Learn more about the habits of the world’s happiest people from this infographic!