Do you have a coworker, friend or family member who is an absolute joy to be around? Are there people in your life who deal with challenges with a smile and a can-do attitude? Happy people work on their thoughts and actions to create and maintain their happiness. You can, too.

If the idea of working on one more thing makes you feel weary, consider this: happier people tend to be more productive. 

Ready to work on taking your happiness to a higher level? Start by investing more time in your relationships, experts say. Seeing family and friends on a regular basis and having a good marriage promote happiness.

A study published in the Journal of Socio-Economics found that a better social life can be worth more than an additional  $130,000 a year in terms of life contentment, while actual changes in income buy little happiness. 

Ready to take more steps to become happier? Cultivate contentment with these HAPPINESS tips:

Have a sense of humor. The ability to laugh can see you through adversity.

Appreciate what you have.

Pay it forward. Helping others makes you feel better about yourself.

Participatein physical activity to relax, fuel energy and fight depression.

Identify and express your feelings. Practice gratitude and generosity.

Nourish relationships with your family, friends and others in your support network.

Enjoy life. Savor it. Align daily activities to fulfill your passions and purpose. 

Seek solutions. The ability to adapt to changing conditions is critical.

Stay optimistic. Frame events in a positive way. Keep positive company.

Happiness is not just a destination. It’s a journey. Enjoy the view.

See also
10 Steps to Achieving Happiness - Part Two

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