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10 often overlooked traits of genuinely happy people

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Happiness is elusive. We all want it, but it seems to slip through our fingers no matter how hard we chase it.

But what if we’re looking for happiness in all the wrong places?

What if the key to true happiness is not in grandiose, Instagram-worthy moments, but in the small, everyday signs that we’re actually, genuinely happy?

In this article, we’re going to cut through the noise and get real about happiness.

We’ll explore 10 overlooked signs of genuine happiness that you can use to gauge your own level of happiness and maybe, just maybe, find a way to hold on to it.

1) Gratitude 

Some people are so entitled that they forget to say even a single thank you for simple favors.

But one thing I noticed about truly happy people is that they say thank you more often, even for the tiniest act of goodness such as opening the door for them.

There’s this girl from work that I offered a ride home one late evening. The next day, she came with a cup of coffee and a thank you note for bringing her a lift home.

People who are truly happy know how to feel and express their gratitude.

They have this pure appreciation for all things in life. 

The way that these people focus on what they have instead of what they lack is where their authentic happiness is mostly rooted from.

In fact, a white paper by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkely says that people who consciously count what they’re grateful for may have better physical and mental health:

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