Who makes you happy? Most of us know folks who seem to raise our spirits whenever we spend time with them. They have a positive influence on our lives. We feel happier around them. They make us smile.

There have been plenty of studies with findings that support the belief that being around upbeat, positive thinking people really does make us happier and boost our feelings of well-being. Studies show that the opposite is true as well. Spending time with negative people also affects our mood and outlook

So if you want to be happy, think about the people who have a positive impact on your life and try to spend as much time with them as possible. Enjoy their company and soak up their positive influence.

Here are a few characteristics shared by many positive people.

Positive people are helpful. They think about what people in their lives may need and what they can do for people. They want to make life easier for others, because they really care.

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Positive people are appreciative. They are thankful for and acknowledge the positive things in their lives, even the little things that may seem small or insignificant to some people.

Positive people smile a lot. They laugh and smile easily and often. And their inner happiness shines through their eyes.

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Positive people see the good in people. They do not focus on the negatives about a person. Instead, they look beyond the common faults many of us have and find the positives.

Positive people build others up. They serve as a mirror reflecting other people's value and worth. They build up our self-esteem and help us feel good about ourselves.

Positive people focus on right now. They do not spend an overabundant amount of time complaining about the past or worrying about the future. They enjoy the present moment.

Positive People Make Us Smile

Positive people do not hold grudges. Sure, positive people get angry and hurt and feel wronged. But they are willing to let bygones be bygones. They do not stew over disagreements and conflict. Instead, they move on.