11 things in life happy people never waste their time on

Ever wonder why some people seem happier than others?

It’s not always about what they do, but what they don’t do that makes the difference.

Happy people understand that time is valuable and they choose not to waste it on things that don’t make their lives better or bring them joy.

Ready to find out their secret?

Here are 11 things happy people never spend their time on.

Let’s jump in and take a closer look. 

1. Worrying About the Past

Happy people understand that the past is just that – past.

They don’t waste their time dwelling on past mistakes or events they cannot change. Instead, they focus on the present moment and what they can do now.

They learn from their past, but they don’t let it hold them back.

Remember, time spent worrying about the past is time stolen from your present.

So, take a page out of a happy person’s book: let go of the past and live in the now. 

2. Trying to Please Everyone

It’s impossible to please everyone, and happy people know this.

They don’t waste their time and energy trying to satisfy everyone around them.

Instead, they focus on pleasing the most important person in their lives – themselves.

Now, this doesn’t mean they’re selfish or uncaring.

It just means they understand that they can’t make everyone happy all the time.

So, they make sure they’re content first, and then extend their positivity and happiness to others.

It’s like the airplane safety instructions – put on your oxygen mask first, then help others with theirs. 

3. Holding onto Grudges

One thing I’ve learned from observing genuinely happy people is that they never hold grudges.

I remember an incident from my own life that made this clear to me.

A friend had wronged me, and I held onto that anger and resentment for a long time.

It felt like a heavy weight, dragging down my mood every time I thought about it.

But then, I decided to let it go. I forgave them in my heart, not for their sake, but for mine.

Immediately, I felt lighter and happier.

That’s when I realized: holding onto grudges is like carrying a backpack full of rocks.

The only person you’re hurting is yourself. 

4. Engaging in Negative Self-Talk

Happy people don’t waste their time entertaining negative thoughts about themselves.

They understand the power that words have over our minds.

In fact, a study from the National Science Foundation found that an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day.

Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.

With so much negativity already going around in our heads, happy people make a conscious effort to speak kindly about themselves, countering that internal negativity with positive affirmations and self-love.

The key takeaway? Be your own biggest cheerleader, not your harshest critic!

5. Living According to Others’ Expectations

Happy people have a deep understanding that life is too short to live according to other people’s expectations.

They know that at the end of the day, it’s not about what others think of them, but how they feel about themselves.

This doesn’t mean they disregard advice or feedback from others; rather, they take it into consideration but always make sure their decisions align with their own values and desires.

Living authentically in this way might not always be easy, it might even break a few hearts or ruffle some feathers along the way, but happy people know that staying true to themselves is the only path to genuine happiness and peace.

So, listen to your heart, follow your dreams and live life on your own terms – it’s the only one you’ve got. 

6. Comparing Themselves to Others

I used to constantly compare myself to others.

Whether it was my friends’ careers, my neighbors’ houses, or even strangers’ holiday photos on Instagram, I was always measuring my life against theirs.

It was exhausting and frankly, made me feel pretty miserable.

Then, one day, I decided to stop.

Instead of looking at what others had, I started appreciating what I had.

I stopped comparing and started celebrating my own achievements, however small they were.

It was a game changer!

I felt happier, more content and less stressed.

That’s when I realized that happy people don’t compare themselves to others.

They understand that everyone is on their own unique journey with different paths, different paces and different milestones. 

7. Ignoring Their Own Needs

Happy people don’t play the martyr, neglecting their own needs while attending to everyone else’s. They understand that self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential.

You can’t pour from an empty cup, right?

So they make sure to fill their own cup first.

They prioritize their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

They take breaks when they need to, they say no when they have to, and they don’t feel guilty about it.

It’s not about being self-centered, it’s about self-preservation.

So, if you’re constantly putting everyone else before yourself and feeling burnt out because of it – stop.

Start taking care of yourself. Trust me, you’ll be a whole lot happier for it.

8. Fearing Change

Happy people don’t waste their time fearing change. Instead, they embrace it.

They understand that change is a natural part of life and often, it’s for the better.

People tend to regret the things they didn’t do more than the things they did, even if the outcome isn’t ideal.

This suggests that stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing change can lead to a happier, more fulfilled life with fewer regrets.

9. Chasing Perfection

I used to be a perfectionist.

Everything had to be just right, from the way I looked to the work I delivered.

But then I realized that this pursuit of perfection was actually making me unhappy. I was always stressed, always worrying about every little detail.

It was exhausting!

That’s when I decided to let go of this unattainable ideal and embrace the beauty of imperfection.

And you know what? It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I learned that happy people don’t waste their time chasing after perfection.

They know that it’s an impossible goal and instead, they focus on progress and personal growth.

They celebrate their wins, learn from their losses, and find happiness in their journey, warts and all!

So remember, progress over perfection – always!

10. Waiting for the “Right” Moment

Happy people don’t wait around for the perfect moment to start living their lives.

They understand that there will never be a “right” time to start that project, take that trip, or make that change.

They seize the day, embracing every moment as it comes. They start where they are with what they have and make the best of it.

If you’re always waiting for the stars to align, you might just miss out on life itself.

So, stop waiting and start living. 

11. Fearing Failure

Truth bomb – failure is a part of life! Happy people get this.

They don’t view failure as the end of the road but as a stepping stone on the path to success.

They understand that every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

So, they take risks, they make mistakes, and they fail.

But more importantly, they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and try again.

Don’t let fear of failure hold you back from chasing your dreams.

Remember, it’s better to try and fail than to never try at all.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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