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how to develop the habit of happiness?

        Happiness is a mental habit which can be cultivated and developed. It is simply a state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant a good share of the time. It is produced, not by objects, but by ideas, thoughts, and attitudes which can be developed and constructed by our own activities, irrespective of the environment.
        Abraham Lincoln used to say: "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
        We need to form the habit of reacting aggressively and positively toward crisis and problems. We need to form the habit of being goal-oriented all the time, regardless of what happens. We need to practice a positive aggressive attitude, both in actual every day situations and also in our own imagination.
        We need to picture ourselves as taking positive, intelligent action toward solving a problem or reaching a goal. We need to picture ourselves as reacting to problems, not by running away or evading them, but by dealing with them in an aggressive and intelligent manner.
        If we wait for happiness to catch up with us or to be brought to us by others, then we are likely to have a long wait.
        Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. When we consciously and deliberately develop new and better habits, our self-image tends to outgrow the old habits and grow into the new pattern.
        Here are some suggestions to start developing the habit of happiness:
        1- be cheerful and optimistic.
        2- try to feel and act more friendly toward other people.
        3- be less critical and more tolerant of other people.
        4- act as if success were inevitable.
        5- do not let your own opinion color facts in a pessimistic or negative way.
        6- practice smiling at least three times during the day.
        7- react as calmly and intelligently as possible to problems.
        8- lighten up and have a good sense of humor.
        9- ignore all those pessimistic and negative facts which you can not do anything to change.





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