1. Secure the basics: food, shelter, safety, security, good health.
2. Have stable relationships that matter: connection, companionship, communication, community. (We humans are social creatures. It helps greatly to belong, to be part of others’ lives.)
3. Have a passion: work, hobby, avocation, calling, mission, goals, whatever.
There you are. Easy as one, two, three. Go for it!
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” — Colette
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” — James Openheim