We spend a lot of time dissecting the habits and mindsets of happy people, but less time outlining the behaviors to avoid. With that in mind, here are nine things that the happiest people in the world just flat out don't do. It's great when the answer to being happy is doing less.
1. They don’t criticize.
Happy people don’t criticize others for their actions, unless that criticism is imperative to the person’s well-being. And then, they do it lovingly and thoughtfully criticizing others in an attempt to tear them down is usually a sign of your own insecurities. Happy people care for others, and have no interest in hurting them.
2. They don’t compare.
Happy people are satisfied with their own life choices. They are thankful for what they have, and don’t compare their lifestyle with others.
3. They don’t complain.
Complaining is a symptom of focusing on what you don’t have, rather than what you do. You can never get everything you wish for. Happy people know complaining is never a solution.
4. They don’t live in the past.
Living in the past usually means dwelling on past regrets. Unless it’s informing future choices, it’s a waste of time. Be positive and work hard to create a better future now. Let go of what has already happened. It doesn’t serve you.
5. They don’t waste time.
Happy people know the importance of staying present, and make the most of every moment.
6. They don’t try to change others.
Happy people accept their friends and acquaintances for who they are and where they are, without dissatisfaction or frustration. They appreciate the positive.
7. They don’t forget to prioritize personal growth.
They focus on their purpose, their dreams, their daily habits, and their health. By remaining focused, they are able to achieve their goals in life.
8. They don’t worry about people’s judgment.
Happy people really don’t care much what other people think of them. They do what they want and need to do for their own, well-considered reasons, and the approval or disapproval of others doesn’t sway them at all.
9. They don’t overthink.
Happy people recognize that thought spirals are often the root cause of depression, anxiety and stress, and nip them in the bud.