1. Don’t start with profundities. Start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting yourself get too hungry.
2. Do let the sun go down on anger.
Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate.
3. Fake it till you feel it. Feelings follow actions.
People who do new things — learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places — are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well.
6. Buy some happiness. Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do. You also want to have a sense of control.
8. Exercise to boost energy.
Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Even a 10-minute walk can brighten my outlook.
9. Stop nagging.
10. Take action. Some people assume happiness is mostly a matter of inborn temperament.
Although it’s true that genetics play a big role, about 40 percent of your happiness level is within your control.