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10 Habits That Define Happy, Successful People

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Hassan is a data scientist and has obtained his Master of Science in Data Science from Heriot-Watt University.

Find your happiness with these habits

Find your happiness with these habits

I'm sure you've heard about all the habits that lead to success and happiness, but what do you do when you want to be happy and prosperous? Well, I have got some news for you: You can have it all! I believe anyone can live a successful life by focusing on their strengths and using them to achieve their goals. But don't worry—it's not as complicated as it sounds.

First, we need to figure out how to use our unique combinations of personality traits and talents to make us happy while also helping us achieve our dreams. So with this in mind (and a little bit of research), I've compiled a list of 10 habits that define happy, successful people:

1. They Make Their Happiness a Priority

Happy people make happiness a priority. They focus on the things that make them feel good, fulfilled, and triumphant. If you want to be happy, don't wait for an external force to make you happy; instead, do something that makes you happy right now.

2. They Stop Trying to Do Things and Instead Focus On Being

If you want to better your life, stop trying to do things and instead focus on being present, for example, being an optimist and being grateful for what you have. Also, being confident in who you are as a person and believing in the power of your actions rather than looking outside yourself for answers or hoping that someone else will solve your problems for you (because they won't).

To me, this means focusing on my strengths rather than weaknesses, thinking about what I can control versus what I can't. Moreover, appreciating what I have instead of dwelling on where I think things should be different or knowing how important it is for me to work hard every day, so that good things come my way.

Finally, accepting that even if those good things don't materialize immediately, they will come eventually because hard work pays off over time. I try not to take my worries too seriously either because sometimes worrying makes people feel worse about themselves when there's nothing else they can do right then except stay positive and keep working toward their goals despite whatever obstacles might stand in their way at any given moment.


3. They Focus On Their Assets and Use Them to Succeed

To live a happy life, you must focus on your strengths and use them to succeed in your goals. Don't worry about your weaknesses, don't compare yourself to others, and don't spend time worrying about what you can't do or what you don't know. After all, it's impossible to change things like how tall someone is or what race they belong to; but those traits won't determine whether or not someone is successful or unhappy in life.

4. They Live in the Present Moment

To be successful, you need to live in the present moment. It's easy to get distracted by what happened or what might happen, but if you focus on what is happening right now, you can deal with it effectively. It would help if you stopped comparing yourself with others and worrying about how they are doing better than you. They're not your competition; they're not even playing the same game. If they are successful, then great—you should be happy for them and learn from their example.


5. They Let Go of What’s Outside Their Control

Happy people let go of what's outside their control. They don't worry about things that are out of their control, such as the weather or the actions of others. As a result, they're happier and less stressed than people who try to control everything that happens around them.

It's pretty easy for us to get caught up in worrying about what other people think about us—but this type of thinking is a complete waste of time! Just like you can't control them, they can't control you. So don't worry about it; instead, focus on being happy with who you are and where life has taken you so far.

The same goes for things that are out of your hands. If something isn't going right in your life right now and there's nothing else that can be done about it (for example, an old injury preventing future sporting success), then stop dwelling on it—it isn't helping anyone.

6. They Set Goals but Don’t Let Those Goals Dictate Their Lives

A frequent slip-up people make is to let their goals dictate their life. This can lead to a lot of stress and unhappiness because you're constantly working towards something without enjoying the present moment.

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A better approach is to set goals and then let them go. They should be something you enjoy working toward, but if they start taking over your life and becoming your sole motivation for living, that's not healthy or sustainable. Of course, goals should still be necessary—but don't let them define who you are.


7. They Know That Fear Isn’t Real

"Fear is a choice." This powerful phrase has been repeated repeatedly in the personal development community, but it's true. Fear exists in our minds as an emotion, not as a reality. Therefore, we must think ourselves into feeling afraid for fear of holding any power over us.

Fear is a choice because fear can be suppressed or ignored if we decide that we're going to do something else instead of experiencing it. For example, say you're scared of public speaking but have no choice but to give a presentation at work next week. You could choose to:

  • Suppress your fear by avoiding your co-workers, so they don't see how nervous you are.
  • Acknowledge your nerves, and then practice giving presentations until your anxiety subsides enough to feel comfortable talking in front of people again.
  • Run out of the building screaming and never return!

But all three options are choices! And the first two choices can only occur if we allow ourselves access to those options by identifying them as real possibilities within us (and therefore within our control), rather than waiting for someone else's help or approval before doing anything about them (which would mean accepting their judgment instead).

8. They Realize That It’s Not About Them

While it may be easy to solely pay attention to your problems, trials, and tribulations, the reality is that other people in the world have their difficulties. Therefore, your happiness should not depend solely on yourself; it's about how you interact with others and contribute to society.

It's also crucial to realize that there are bigger things than just our planet—the universe is huge. Think about how many planets there are in our solar system alone; each one has its unique features and characteristics. And then consider all the other bodies out there that aren't planets: comets, asteroids, black holes. As I mentioned, why focus on what makes us unhappy when we could be exploring an entire universe full of wondrous things?

9. They’re Willing to Risk Failure for Success

Yes, there are no guarantees that you'll reach your goals, but nothing will happen if you don't try at all. You won't get anywhere if you don't put yourself out there and let the chips fall where they may! It's better to be known as a person who tries and fails than one who never tries because they are afraid of failing.

10. They Know That Life Is All About Stability

We all want to be successful. We all want to live happily, fulfilled lives. But we can't do that if we're always busy, so we must find a balance between work and play.
It's also vital for you to find a balance between your family life and your social life, your private life and career, exercise and nutrition, and so on.

You may not think these things are related to success or happiness, but they're very closely linked—and if you don't have a good handle on them already, it's time for some serious reflection.


We Can All Be Happy and Prosperous by Focusing on the Right Things in Life

As you can see, there's a lot of overlap between the two. It's important to realize that no one will ever be happy if they're unsuccessful. Similarly, no one will ever be successful if they're not happy. So the two go hand-in-hand: you cannot have one without the other (although being content with your current state in life is an entirely different matter).

The second thing to realize is that anyone, even someone who struggles with depression or anxiety can find success and happiness. This means that even though things may appear bleak right now and your life seems like it has hit a dead end, there are still things you can do to improve yourself and make yourself happier both at home and at work.


It's time to leave your comfort zone and start living your life. You don't have to be perfect or do everything perfectly. Just keep improving yourself bit by bit and make sure every day is a little better than the last one. The more time passes, the happier you will feel about yourself and that feeling is priceless.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Hassan

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