1.) Practice gratitude. Start and end every day by expressing gratefulness for everything in your live—including and especially for your “have not’s,” for our pain and suffering, and even for your adversaries, for these are our greatest gifts and greatest teachers. “Gratefulness is the highest form of prayer.”
2.) Practice forgiveness. This is one of the most overlooked, underutilized, and yet most powerful tools that exists for creating happiness in life. Equally as important as forgiving others is the need to forgive oneself.
3.) Develop detachment. We come into this world with nothing, and we leave with nothing (except the evolution of consciousness), so why be so attached—and ultimately miserable because of it—to all these illusory and ephemeral objects and attainments which amount to less than one blink of your soul’s eternal eye?
4.) Surrender control. The fear-based need to control others, control one’s own life, and control one’s circumstances always and only brings pain and suffering, in addition to being completely futile in the first place. You cannot push a river.
5.) Become more tolerant and accepting. We are all unique. Like snowflakes, no two humans are alike—not even identical twins. Yet we were all created as equal, and we all have certain rights and freedoms. As you allow others to express themselves as you would want that same freedom granted to you, you will find happiness growing inside yourself.
6.) Become more honest and accountable. When people stop deceiving themselves and others, when they stop living in denial and avoidance, and when they take ownership of their words, feelings, and choices, a freedom comes from this, which breeds happiness.
7.) Make time to laugh and to cry. These are two of the most powerful, healing, and liberating things you can do for yourself. Crying is anything but weak (as society purports). All crying is healing, and it alchemically eases our burdens. And laughter reconnects us to the joy that is our nature. Take time—and make time—to do plenty of both!
8.) Find Support. It is important to surround yourself and associate with those who share and support your beliefs, dreams, and visions. This will help you feel sourced, inspired, and will create a sense of belonging.
9.) Help others. Doing altruistic things, such as volunteering or helping others in selfless service brings happiness to us. It makes us feel that we are needed, we are contributing, and we are making the world a better place.
10.) Bless everyone and everything all the time. Believe it or not, the simple act of blessing everyone and truly being happy for their wins and successes brings untold blessings and happiness into your own life.