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All the striving for happiness is not helpful, and may in fact make you feel worse.  The aim is to feel content – and it is a process not a goal.  Contentment is a stable persistent sense that things are okay, good enough, or satisfactory.  It is not a fleeting elevated state like happiness, hedonia, which does not last nor is it sustainable.

Simple steps to feel content – appreciate what you have; pay attention and be present;  saviour joys; be connected to others; set goals and celebrate your successes; give to and/or support others; and always care and nurture yourself.

See the article in Elle which cites information from A brain for Life – my book due out in July with ABC books.