Some Traits of ‘Genuinely Happy’ People…That the Rest of Us Might Want to Emulate

Portrait of beautiful family of four having fun while lying down over white background

*Ah happiness. We all deserve it, but few of us actually seem to have it.

Oh, I’m not talking about the fleeting happiness that people seem to feel obligated to post on Facebook. Or the spurts of pure glee we feel when life is good because “that check just came in,” or “he/she proved his/her love for me!” or “I know I look good right now.”

I am speaking of genuine happiness. The degree to which, no matter what daily life brings, your intrinsic happiness does not go beneath or sink below a certain point.

Even when nobody’s looking.

I often wonder why it is that we seem to be so obsessed with showing others how ‘happy’ we are. Working to impress others with how ‘devoted’ we are.

And then we go home.

We close the curtains. We take off the makeup, the wig or toupee and the business suit. We cleanse away the smell of outside and we are left with our own scent.

Happy now?

There you go. That’s the happiness I’m talking about.

Hopefully you won’t have to wait until your senior years, but by this age, many people realize they spent too much time getting in their own way. At this point they realize the only person they want to impress is themselves. And they generally start with forming the habit of laughing uncontrollably…at some point everyday.

Happy retired couple embracing

Who said anything about being ‘problem free?’ The dude in the photo below is probably late on his rent! But hey, he’s going to do what he has to do to work it out. He’s not going to be all down in the face about it. He hasn’t forgotten how to be pleasant in spite of his problems. And that in itself, lifts his spirits.

A happy young adult in a city setting with friends

 I have traveled far and wide and there is one thing I know for sure. Genuinely happy people are not going to allow themselves to be put in a box or defined by any one thing – be it religion, political affiliation, race, the degree they were awarded, or their financial status. And because they exude a confidence and all-around-good-nature without effort, the “Law of attraction” works for them. And people of every ilk are drawn to them. And this broadens their life and they enjoy the growth they gain from the experience. And the feeling is unbelievable!

Diverse Young Happy People Dancing at Sunset

“I am ME and you are YOU, and we are both just fine. Genuinely happy people have come to terms with who they are. No ‘I’m not pretty enough, smart enough, relevant enough. That’s too much work. Jane Fonda once said, “We were not meant to be perfect, we are meant to be whole.” The acceptance of this truth is valuable beyond measure.


Genuinely happy people know all about prayer, and the effect it has on their existence. Because they recognize prayer as one of the rare things that is their own personal connection with something they deem supreme, there is no compromise. It’s not debatable. They feel no need to impress you with it. These people live their faith, more than speak their faith. Usually, the only time they verbalize their beliefs is when someone asks, “what is it that makes you the way you are?”


 Do you know any genuinely happy people? Can you share what traits you have observed? Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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