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10 Little Habits That Will Make You Happier Than 98% of People

I get it, “happiness” isn’t really a thing.

It’s ephemeral.

At the same time, most of us instinctively know what we mean by happy, so I’ll stick with that for this article.

Here are 10 little habits that will make you happier than 98% of people:

1. Stop looking for happiness.

The pursuit of “happiness” only reinforces the fact that you haven’t achieved it.

This is one of life’s greatest paradoxes and may be the reason why you continue to live in the dark.

2. Be relentlessly eager to help others succeed.

It’s easy to think that this kind of enthusiasm isn’t natural in us. We are too busy trying to succeed ourselves.

But – as I have discovered over the years – and as in any other discipline – we grow in it.

The more you do it, the more it comes naturally to you.

Supporting and uplifting others will take the pressure off you, lower your self-consciousness while bringing insane levels of good karma.

Be unreasonably focused on helping others succeed.

3. Refuse to live your life as a victim.

95% of victimization is self-created.

Most of us secretly enjoy feeling like victims because it robs us of our free will.

You make life worse by shifting blame and positioning yourself as someone who needs love and attention.

There are two modes:

Creator and victim.

Choose the first.

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4. Know the difference between being reckless and inviting high upside risks.

Both seem risky, but only one secretly fills your tank with magnificent gold coins.

What is high upside risk?

It’s something that’s often scary, but the downsides are low and the upsides are high.

It could be starting a creative project, hosting a solo podcast, inviting someone out for coffee, writing a vulnerable post, creating good art, going for a long hike, or asking help.

These are good risks.

Fill your life with these elements every day and your happiness will increase.

5. Become incredibly proficient at something specific.

You can be a jack of all trades if you want, but don’t let that come at the expense of excelling in one area.

Our happiness is closely linked – not to the amount of validation we receive from others – but to our usefulness in society.

6. Think like a badger.

There’s a cheeky secret you wish you knew about badgers.

They think hard in their little underground lairs when we can’t see them. Intriguing little demons.

Brainstorming is one of the easiest and most enjoyable creative acts.

We feed the creative fire with creative fuel and emerge with a steaming loaf of creative gold.

Think more. You will be happier.

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7. Reconnect with nature regularly.

This sounds terribly cliché, but it’s so cliché that we’ve come full circle, and that’s once again good advice.

Plus, we can easily forget this in our busy modern lives.

This means dedicating time weekly or, ideally, daily to getting out into a field, forest, fjord, marsh, or foothills to have fun in nature.

You are a human, not a cyborg. You must experience nature deeply, as we always have.

8. Be ruthlessly intolerant of any thought that makes you feel less than.

The problem for most of us is that we think our thoughts have meaning.

Those who are driven by an ego dependent on self-preservation.

The best thoughts arise from the void left in our minds when we relax.

These are never positive things. They always feel good.

Our default state is to feel good because we are not punishing ourselves in the dark theaters of our frightened minds.

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9. Do more of what you want to do.

I’m talking about those healthy things that you keep thinking about doing but find excuses not to.

In my case, it’s about building my own cabin. I’ve been holding this in for years and it’s time I do something about it.

To start, I’m going to learn carpentry.

10. Continually ask, “How can I use this?”

No doubt, there are a ton of things swirling around in your head right now that you don’t like.

You have suffered a setback.

Sally is not responding to your text messages.

Jacob made a mean comment about you near the water cooler.

You have that thing coming next week that you’re dreading.

A major happiness tip is to take everything that stresses you out and turn it into fuel.

To do this, ask the question above.

Everything – in a strange way – can be turned into a blessing.

Try it now.

It will change your life.

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Alex Mathers is a writer and coach who helps you build a lucrative personal brand through your knowledge and skills while remaining mentally resilient.

This article was originally published on Medium. Reproduced with permission of the author.

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