If happiness is not at the top of your list then other things will take precedence. If other things take precedence, they may well interfere with your efforts to feel good.
Make plans to be happy.
Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Just like in any other life domain, the successful pursuit of happiness requires planning.
Set happy goals.
Following on from Tip 2, planning requires effective goal setting. And don’t forget to make sure your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed).
Do things that make you happy.
Although this sounds obvious, many people simple forget to do things from which they gain pleasure. And do them as often as possible.
Set yourself tasks from which you’ll gain satisfaction.
As well as pleasure and enjoyment, satisfaction is also an important part of happiness. So make sure that when you’re planning your tasks and activities you include things that might not be fun, but from which you’ll gain a sense of achievement.
Play and have fun.
Don’t take life too seriously. Although we all have responsibilities there’s no reason why we can’t approach much of our lives in a playful manner. In fact, those who do so will undoubtedly be happier.
Identify where your strengths lie.
Know where your faults and weaknesses are to avoid problems. Know where your strengths lie to be really happy and to succeed in life.
Learn to like and ideally to love yourself.
We must love before we can be loved. To love others and to be loved by others is a key component of happiness.
Invest time and energy in to your key relationships.
Happy people spend more time working on and in their relationships. Happy people
tend to be more supportive of other people in their life. Happy people are more generous and altruistic.
Live a healthy life.
Eat well and keep active. Exercise regularly. Although not impossible, it’s difficult to be happy if you’re constantly sick and not very healthy.
Live in the present moment.
The author, Henry Miller once said “Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognise it as such.” The only moment in which we can truly be happy is the present moment. The only moment over which we have control is the present moment. So be happy now! Because if not now, then when?
Make happiness an integral part of your life.
Develop happiness routines and make them a part of your every day living. Remind yourself however you can to do what you need to do and reward yourself as often as possible for doing what you’ve done.