Give yourself permission to be human.
When we accept emotions -- such as fear, sadness, or anxiety --
as natural, we are more likely to overcome them. Rejecting our
emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and unhappiness.
Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning.
Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities
that are both personally significant and enjoyable. When this
is not feasible, make sure you have happiness boosters, moments
throughout the week that provide you with both pleasure and meaning.
Happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on
our status or the state of our bank account.
Barring extreme circumstances, our level of well being is determined
by what we choose to focus on (the full or the empty part of the
glass) and by our interpretation of external events. For example,
do we view failure as catastrophic, or do we see it as a learning
We are, generally, too busy, trying to squeeze in more and more
activities into less and less time. Quantity influences quality,
and we compromise on our happiness by trying to do too much.
Remember the mind-body connection.
What we do -- or don't do -- with our bodies influences our mind.
Regular exercise, adequate sleep, seeing, hearing, feeling the
nature environment, and healthy eating habits lead to both physical
and mental health.
Express gratitude whenever possible.
We too often take our lives for granted. Learn to appreciate and
savor the wonderful things in life, from people to food, from
nature to a smile.