““Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

~ Buddha

We all have these people in our friend group…

The ones that are known for always smiling, keeping a positive attitude, and having a thirst for life.

We are extremely lucky to have these people around us because they challenge us everyday to be better and happier.

They show us that a life lead by happiness, truly is a beautiful one, and it is one that we should all strive for.

Positivity is contagious, and if you surround yourself with happy people, that positive energy will surround and fill you too.

And who knows, with just a little bit of effort, that could be you!

You could be the one that people come to when they need to be cheered up.

The happy one that everybody wants around because it brightens their own day.

There are numerous reasons why it is beneficial to surround yourself with happy people, but here are just a few:

1. They make you laugh, and laughing is contagious.

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Happy people are able to see all of the humor that life has to offer.

They find comedy in the most trivial matters.

And when they laugh, you laugh too!

Laughing, just like happiness, are both contagious.

There is nothing better than the spreading of laughter and happiness.

You can be having the worst day, and all of a sudden your day takes a turn because somebody made you truly laugh.

The kind of laughter where your eyes start watering, your stomach starts hurting, and your face turns completely red.

As if you’ve never seen or heard something so funny in your life before.

Surrounding yourself with somebody who is able to laugh through life like this will change the way you see the world as well.

2. They inspire you to be better.

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Happiness can open your eyes to a whole range of moments and opportunities that you couldn’t see before.

Happy people are able to see these opportunities and seize those moments.

Being around somebody who looks at life with such joy and excitement will inspire you to do the same.

They can inspire you to finally take that class you wanted, the courage to tell somebody how you feel, or to ask for that promotion that you know you deserve.

They inspire you to lead the life that you want to lead.

If you constantly surround yourself with negative people, they can hinder your dreams by telling you they might be too hard to achieve, or that you might not be smart or strong enough to achieve them.

Negative people make life feel like one obstacle followed by another.

Life is an adventure filled with many lessons.

You can choose to go through it in pain, or with a smile on your face.

3. They often give good advice.

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Happy people tend to have a good head on their shoulders.

The reason they are so happy most of the time, is because they are very mindful of life.

They are grateful, and thoughtful.

They are able to see the good things in life, and find ways to make the bad things better.

This leads them to being the perfect people to ask for advice from.

They will give you advice that will be honest, positive, and encouraging.

Weather their advice is right or wrong, they will have your best interest at heart; because happy people want to see their friends happy as well.

4. They don’t complain.

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Let’s be honest.

Life is hard. And we all have tons of things we could complain about.

But why waste your time?

Complaining doesn’t fix any problems.

Happy people know this, and instead of spending their time filling the air with dramatics, they are able to find the good in things.

Surrounding yourself with people who see life in this way, will help you look at things in your life differently.

Not only do they not like to complain, but they also don’t like to hear it!

You will find yourself complaining a lot less if you surround yourself with people who don’t have the patience for it.

5. They are adventurous.

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Happy people have a thirst for life and for experiencing new things.

They are not afraid of life because they know that even if they fail, or something doesn’t work out, it’s all going to be alright.

Being around somebody like this will make you try new things, achieve new goals, and reach for dreams that you didn’t even know you had, let alone could attain.

They’ll make you try that new Ethiopian restaurant, go sky diving, or ask a beautiful stranger for their phone number.

When you’re not afraid of life, the world can be your playground.

6. They support your goals.

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In a nut shell, happy friends want their friends to be happy.

And how do they help us do that?

By supporting our goals, being there for us, and making sure we get everything that we want and deserve out of life.

A happy friend will go to great lengths to help you.

Surround yourself with people who move you forward, not hold you in place.

7. Our friends are a reflection of us.

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They say you are like the company that you keep.

While we are all independent and unique individuals, our friends and the people we surround ourselves with help shape us every single day.

As human beings we are adaptive, and we naturally adapt to our environments.

If you are living in a negative environment, your brain will adapt to be negative as well.

However, if you create a positive environment around yourself, your mind can open up and you can see all the positivity that is around you.

You can take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.

And most importantly, you can seize your life and achieve your dreams.

Remember, once you find happiness, help somebody else find theirs.

Thats what friends are for.

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“”The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson