People have looked to religion, philosophy and the elderly for answers on how to be happy. Some people think that happiness is brought about by fame, wealth or even beauty. Some advertisers claim that people can become happier if they consume their products. Some politicians also claim that growing the economy brings about happiness. All these may make you happy, but they cannot bring lasting happiness. According to research, genes and circumstances play a role in the variations of happiness in life, but the greatest role is played by the choices a person makes. The following are some simple steps to happiness.

One of the steps you can take in order to be happy is caring about others. By helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others, you will not only make them happy but you will also become happy. By giving your money, time, energy and ideas to others, you can create stronger connections, which can bring about a happier society. In general, if you want to feel happy, do good to others.

Another thing that can make you happy is to connect with others. Individuals with stronger relationships are healthier and live happier, longer lives. By having close relationships with your friends, relatives and coworkers, you will have a more meaningful life and a sense of self worth. You should therefore try your best to strengthen your relationships and make new connections.

Fostering forgiveness can also make you happy. Instead of holding grudges and nursing grievances, you should forgive those who offend you. By doing this, you will eliminate the power of bitterness and resentment. You should also cultivate gratitude. You can list a few things that make you grateful. This act will shift you away from despair and bitterness.

Another thing that can make you happy is learning new things. Learning can affect your well being in various positive ways. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and enhance your resilience as well as self esteem. There are several ways of learning new things besides formal education. For instance, you can learn some skills from your friends, self help books and songs. You can also join a club to learn something new.

You can also achieve happiness by counteracting negative feelings and thoughts. You can eliminate anxiety by practicing meditation, yoga, rhythmic breathing or relaxation techniques. Learning to recognize and challenge thoughts about being helpless and inadequate will also help you achieve happiness.

Another simple step is to create goals that you will look forward to. Feeling good about your future can make you happy. Creating challenging, but achievable goals will keep you excited and motivated. Do not create impossible goals since they will only create unnecessary stress. You should choose meaningful goals since they will give you direction and bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when you achieve them.

Being comfortable with who you are can also make you happy. Nobody is perfect. Many people tend to compare a negative view of their lives with an unrealistic view of others. If you dwell on your flaws, it will be hard for you to become happy. You should learn to accept yourself the way you are and be kinder to yourself when things go wrong. Note your strengths and work more on them. You should also view your mistakes as chances to learn. This will make your life more enjoyable.

Having meaning and purpose for your life will also make you feel happier, more in control and achieve more out of what you do. You will also experience less anxiety, depression and stress. You can find meaning and purpose by engaging in activities that make a difference in the society such as helping neighbors or friends or volunteering. By following these tips, you can enjoy long term happiness and live a longer, healthier life.