Adopt These 10 Traits of Happy People

According to a recent survey, fewer than 1-in-3 Americans claim to be happy. When I read this statistic I asked myself, “How is this possible?” We have so much to be grateful for, yet we focus on what we don’t have.


In weight management, people often raise the bar at the moment of an accomplishment. They feel happy for a split second and then immediately look at the next goal—or worse, they compare themselves to someone else.


This mind game will rob you of your happiness.


Happiness is a state of mind. It is not found outside of you. It is within you. The good news: You can adopt a happiness mindset. Start with my top 10 favorite traits of naturally happy people. Keep practicing these traits until they become part of your daily life.



Go ahead … try it. Just smile for no particular reason and see how you feel. Smiling stimulates the brain and can trick it into thinking you are happy.


Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

Make this a daily habit in all areas of your life. Comparing only causes you to feel inadequate and you are not inadequate. You are a pure miracle! Embrace that fact.


Appreciate the little things in life.

Spend time noticing the good that is in your life and express gratitude for what shows up.


Focus on the future.

Happy people do not stay stuck in the past; they learn from the past and move on. This will serve you well.


Forgive and let it go.

This is a critical key to happiness. Forgiveness is not for anyone else but you! It releases the negativity from your mind and body and allows you to move on. Daily prayer and meditation will help you in this area.


Practice being non-judgmental.

Judging others only puts you in a bad mood and tends to perpetuate more negativity. Let it go, my friend.


Accept people for who they are.

This one is a life changer. When I became certified in the Enneagram of Personality (a model of the human psyche which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types), I learned a lot about people and what motivates them. Once I accepted that people are simply being who they are, I found it was easy to not judge.


Surround yourself with supportive people.

Happy people have a supportive community. It is a core indicator of satisfaction and quality of life.


Stop being a people pleaser!!!

I can’t say this enough. If you want to feel inadequate, go ahead and try to please everyone. If you want to enjoy your life and be true to yourself … well, stop trying to make other people happy. You can’t make them happy just like they can’t make you happy.


Live by your values.

This is a topic that I am passionate about. Your values are personal and they are the true indicators of happiness. If you value security and you lost your job, you will be stressed. It’s that simple. You must know your values so design a life that reflects these values.


Okay, it’s homework time. I would like to offer a coaching assignment. Pick one trait that you can bring into your daily life and make an effort to honor it. Notice how you feel when you do this.


You deserve to be happy… it’s your birthright!



Coach Rosa has been teaching people how to train their brain to create a healthier, happier mind and body for more than 20 years. She has an extensive background in hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming — the science that deals with the fundamental dynamics between mind and language and how their interplay affects body and behavior. Learn more about Coach Rosa at


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