Happy people have a different way of thinking and doing things. They maintain a positive attitude about people, things and life in general. They interpret the world that they live in differently than the average person.

Happy people generally have the following habits that express their values and beliefs ...

1. Love Self
Be your own best friend. It sounds simple and like a "no-brainer" but learning to truly love yourself can be a challenge. It's absolutely the most essential step in being a happy person. You need to learn to enjoy your own company and to embrace everything about yourself. Like who you are on the inside. Accept your flaws. Claim the fact that you are a wonderfully flawed human! Pamper yourself.

2. Take Care of Self
As a part of loving yourself, you will take care of your body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.
When you're not feeling well - either physically or emotionally, it's hard to be happy.

3. Love Others
Love is what makes the world go around. Follow the saying "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you". This is simply saying treat everyone with kindness, compassion and respect. Love is the basis for ALL happiness. If we love being with someone - we're happy. If we love what we are doing - we're happy.

4. Choose Friends Wisely
It's your choice with whom you associate with on a regular basis. If you don't want to become like someone, then be involved with them as little as possible. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. You want comrades that will build you up and help you to accomplish your dreams and goals.

5. Dare to Dream
Dream BIG!!! Happy people know that when they dream big in every aspect of their life - that their life is set in motion to bring their dreams into reality.

6. Do What You Enjoy
Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there's so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy - the extra money of a job you detest isn't worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests. Doing things you enjoy makes you happier and more productive.

7. Look to the Future
Happy people focus on creating the future of their dreams. They take the time to learn the skills and strategies to create the outcome they desire. Happy people set their goals, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happy when we are pursuing something we value.

8. Accept What they Can not Change
Happy people don't waste their thoughts or energy on situations beyond their control. They know and accept their limits as a human. This means they don't worry about the future and they don't fret over the past.

9. Are Proactive
Happy people instinctively find the area that they can influence. Once their circle of influence is found, they begin actively participating in creating the outcome they are seeking.

10. Attitude of Gratitude
Happy people have an attitude of gratitude. They constantly and consistently count their blessings. They see the glass as half full. They have the ability to find the positive side to most situations.

Author's Bio: 

Cindy Holbrook is the web mistress of http://CindySense.com where you will find a variety of self improvement articles on a variety of subjects - Includuding Postive Thinking, Law of Attraction, Self-Esteem, Emotions and Overcoming Obstacles ... Who says you can't win'em all? Be sure to sign up for the free monthly newsletter and get a bonus ebook "Your Guide To Happiness".