Everyone has faced unexpected challenges, but some of us were better at overcoming life's hurdles than others. Now, researchers have found that there are certain things people who identify as "happy" did differently than the rest of us. Here's what people who aren't crippled by regret did in the past:

1) Happy people tried new things without peeing themselves. When they were five, happy people didn't pee themselves in the middle of their very first tee ball practice and get sent home. Now happy people are professional athletes.


2) Happy people stood up for themselves once in a while. In middle school, happy people worked up the courage to ask to be move into advanced pre-algebra, since regular pre-algebra just didn't challenge them enough. They continued to do well in school, got the Ph.D., and now happy people make six figures working for a top biochemical company.