Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is H - and H is for Happy. I think Happiness is the first word that comes to mind when you talk about positive traits - everyone wants to be happy with the life they're living and with the choices they're making.
Happiness comes to some people easily and it comes much harder to others. Our society is weighed down by depression and all the associated qualities that come with it. Happiness is becoming more elusive with every new generation. I don't think anybody really knows why this is - maybe it's because we've lost the simple life and the world we live in is not conducive to natural happiness.
Happy people find life a lot easier to bear, they can't help but find pleasure in what they do and they bring happiness to those around them. Sometimes they can be a little wearying with their upbeat natures, but nobody can begrudge someone who is naturally happy. The secret often comes down to finding contentment in what we have - not succumbing to the culture of "scarcity" that has developed in our first world mindset.
Gratitude for what we have, and a genuine appreciation of the blessings bestowed on us, can lead to being more positive and finding happiness in our lives. I can't emphasize enough though, happiness is not the cure for depression - there is so much more involved for those who are beset by this insidious condition and telling someone to be happy is the last thing they need to hear. Sensitivity and grace are called for - not platitudes.
For the rest of us though, looking for moments when we are happy in our day can make us appreciate how fortunate we really are and lead us towards recognizing how often good things come our way..
See you next time for the continuation of Positive Personality Traits- I is for Independent.
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