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If there was one common thing that every soul searched on this holy planet, it would be happiness. After all, who doesn’t want to live a stress-free life? It’s the ultimate goal of every human being that helps them to explore the hidden treasures of life.

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Happiness can’t be acquired through artificial means. It can only be attained through wisdom. And wisdom can be discovered only in the deepest corner of a person’s subconscious. It is a strenuous activity that demands perseverance and dedication. And these qualities gradually help a person to walk on the path of happiness. Happiness is a state of mind. Truly happy people maintain a positive mindset even in full view of the negatives in life. These people are optimists with strong ethics and high integrity. They are kind, loving, caring and compassionate to everyone indiscriminately. Looking at them, you will realize how confident, content and at ease they are with whom they are. What keeps them positive and brimming with a sunny disposition is that there are certain things that truly happy people just don’t care for.

1. They don’t care for amassing material possessions.
Sure, owning luxury cars, mansions and a load of cash in the bank is nice. But, these things don’t guarantee happiness and success. Truly happy people are more interested in using their resources to add value in people’s lives and living a decent, modest life. If the money keeps coming, they are happy. If they money doesn’t come, they are still happy and content.

2. They don’t care for getting anything in return.
Everybody enjoys an unexpected complement or reward. However, while others crave praise and rewards, truly happy people serve and help others without expecting anything in return. For truly happy people, the reward knows that they have added value and enriched the life of someone.

3. They don’t express regret or apology about their dreams and desires
Happy people have the magical ability to ignore all the unnecessary criticism and censure they receive from other people, who are just jealous anyway. When they dream about something big, they dedicate their heart and soul towards achieving it. And it doesn’t matter who tries to be an obstacle on their path to success. They develop a fearless force that assists them to achieve the targets they set for themselves and for others

4. They don’t care for conforming to society’s expectations.
People are constantly under pressure to meet society’s expectations, which is often stressful and overwhelming. Who you associate with, work for and even marry is often dictated by quiet societal expectations. Truly happy people don’t care for conforming to society’s expectations and standards. They simply look within themselves and do what feels right in their heart. By listening to their gut and following their heart, they are able to create deep satisfaction and happiness.

5. They don’t care for people’s prejudices.
Some people harbor prejudicial notions about cultural, social and religious “outroups” they don’t belong. Truly happy people don’t care for any of that. They treat everyone equally without discriminating based on incorrect attitudes or stereotypes like sex, race, religion, age, sexual orientations and socioeconomic status. Truly happy people judge you for who you are and what you are capable of—not where you are from or the color of your skin.

6. They don’t care for others’ approval or validation.
Happy people don’t really care what you think about them because they know their own self-worth. They listen and factor in what others have to say, but don’t seek anyone’s validation. They know that if you live for people’s approval, you will die from their rejection. Truly happy people simply do what needs to be done and never let naysayers discourage them.

7. They don’t need you to like them
Happy people live in their own world, full of confidence and motivation. They are not concerned about how others perceive them as an individual. An onlooker might call them selfish or obstinate, but happy people are usually not bothered about their views. Instead, they take it as a compliment and move on towards bettering their lives. Through self-confidence they achieve a strange level of selflessness, which many others tend to like in them.

8. They don’t care for being right all the time.
Truly happy people don’t mind being wrong sometimes. After all, no one knows everything and has all the answers in life. It is by accepting you are wrong that you open doors to learn what is right. Truly happy people listen and apply sound ideas that are sometimes contrary to their own. This facilitates learning, allows for good co-existence and boosts happiness.

9. They don’t care for un-conducive environments.

Truly happy people don’t care for environments that are not conducive for positive engagement or time out. They know such environments are stressful, reduce happiness levels and can even be harmful, including noisy, dirty and polluted surroundings. Instead, truly happy people value and protect environments that make positive actions and choices easy and enjoyable, such as peaceful places like parks.

10. They don’t care for social comparisons.
Truly happy people don’t compare themselves to others. They may seek to learn what others are doing better so they can replicate similar success, but they are always keen to focus on their own progress and praise others on theirs. This makes them happier and protects them from jealousy, resentment and an unhealthy sense of superiority over others.

11. They don’t care for meddling in peoples’ business.
Truly happy people don’t meddle in other people’s business. Sure, they will come to your aid if you ask for it and try to intervene when you are clearly headed in the wrong direction, but they primarily focus on getting their own house in order before attempting to help others. This ensures they are focused and helps avoid conflicts with people who want to be left alone.

12. They don’t care for gossip.
Truly happy people don’t care for gossip and rumor mongering. They are content with their own lives and have no desire to concern them with what is going on in someone else’s life. The only people who care for gossip are shallow people whose personal lives are not fulfilling enough.

13. They don’t care for toxic relationships.
Toxic relationships not only entail obvious vices like physical abuse and name-calling, but also subtle things like constant complaints and mood swings that drag you down. Truly happy people don’t care for all types of toxic relationships because these relationships only bring toxic results. Truly happy people surround themselves with optimistic people who want more out of life and are able to build healthy relationships that bring joy.

14. They don’t care for holding grudges.
All of us have been hurt by the actions or words of another at some point. While holding a grudge and resentment against these offenders is easy, truly happy people know this is not the best option. They know holding a grudge is a surefire way to poison your thoughts and quite possibly your actions. Truly happy people forgive and move forward. This means rising above the issue and freeing yourself from resentment. As Confucius said, “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”

15. They don’t care for lies.
You might say everyone is guilty of telling a lie at one point or another. That may be so, but some people tend to tell lies more readily than others. Truly happy people don’t care for this latter group of people and their lies. Lives fall apart fast when they are held together by lies and deception. Truly happy people understand this fact and know it is better to offer no explanation than bend the truth or give false account.

16. They don’t care for complaining.
Complaints are the fruits of an un-contented life. Truly happy people don’t care for complaining because they are content with their own lives. They don’t care for constant whiners either because these people are a vexation to the spirit. Truly happy people are simply grateful for what they have and hopeful for what will come even when things are not going their way.

17. They don’t care for revenge.
Finally, if you truly want to lead a happy life, you cannot afford to actively seek revenge against another person. Truly happy people leave revenge up to fate. They make peace with the issue and instead actively seek ways to put that negative energy into more positive, productive use.

18. They encourage social relationships
The happiest people on this planet are the ones surrounded by people who add meaning and value to their lives. Happy people nurture social relationships with a big smile on their face. They are always connected to a circle of friends who define their existence, and they tend to make fast friends too.

Remember…
Life is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes things won’t go your way. That is just how life works. But, happiness is always an option even when you think it’s not. Choose to be happy from today!

By Shamim Noorani.

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