Common Traits Of Happy People

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Common Traits Of Happy People

It would be great if all of us could magically find the secret to being happy. The truth is that happiness is not something that can be found; it is already inside of us, waiting to be cultivated. Happy people have traits in common. They are able to use these traits to bring more happiness in their life and help them achieve a more positive, brighter outlook.

These are some of the traits that naturally positive people have in common. If you don’t naturally resonate with these traits, it is possible for you to work on them to achieve more happiness in your life.


Gratitude is the ability to appreciate what we currently have in our lives. Many people live thinking that, if they had better things in life, then their lives would be nicer and they would be happier.

But this is not how life works.

Happy people have discovered that the secret to life is realizing that each day is a blessing. There are many things to be thankful for in life, if we stop for a moment and take time to appreciate them.

Happy people are thankful for even the smallest things in life, like friendships, their home, the food they have, and more.

When we take time to appreciate the small things in life, it makes our life seem more abundant. Then, when even larger blessings come our way, we will be especially grateful.


Happy people are naturally more optimistic. They believe that good things will come their way. They have a bright outlook on life. When a situation occurs, they tend to expect a positive outcome.

Even in situations where bad things happen — and yes, there will always be suffering in our world — happy people tend to look at the positive side of the situation, instead of dwelling on how miserable it is making them feel.

They expect good, positive things to come their way. Happy people know that when things go poorly, they do not last that way forever.

Those who have trouble being optimistic may believe that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. They may have consistently look at all of the negative things going on in their lives, refusing to see anything positive happening in the world around them.


Love is one of the basic emotions that humans feel. From birth, we are capable of feeling love towards others. Happy people have a sense of self-worth and are able to feel love and compassion towards themselves.

They love themselves and treat themselves with respect because they know they are worthy of it. Additionally, they love others and show others respect. They cultivate strong relationships with friends and family.

Their strong network with others helps them feel supported in their lives.

Those without loving relationships quickly find themselves living a lonely existence. They may even suffer from depression or other kinds of health problems.


Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, whether it is a romantic relationship, a family or friendship. Happy people trust other people in their lives.

They are okay with being vulnerable and opening up to others. They have numerous people in their lives that they can trust with their feelings.

They also believe they can depend and rely on others for help in tough situations. Happy people also have trust in themselves. They believe they are capable of making good decisions. They trust themselves to do the right thing.

When they make mistakes, they learn from it and move on.

People who have trust issues often find it difficult to open up and be vulnerable with others. This may make it difficult for them to form authentic relationships and friendships. They may also find it difficult to trust themselves with making good decisions. Instead, they may fall into a period of self-destructive behavior.


Happy people have courage. They know that in order to have a positive life, you need to take some risks. If there is a dream that you have, it is going to require writing down some goals and taking risks in order to pursue it.

They will actively pursue these goals because they know the payoff is worth it. Happy people will persevere in order to meet their goal. They will also stand up for their own beliefs and values. They know all of this is important in order to live the life they want.

Other people who are not happy, often find all of this daunting. They have difficulty working up the courage to pursue their dreams.

They give up easily. They get scared of the risks involved. They have trouble setting goals. They tell themselves that they do not have what it takes to make their dreams come true. They do not stand up for their own beliefs. As a result, their quality of life greatly suffers.


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