Look, I know you probably came here looking for a promise of fairies and rainbows and those really nice mints that hotels leave on your pillows, but I’m here to tell you that happiness doesn’t work that way.

Most people just think that to be happy, they need to feel good all the time. Not only is this not true, but it’s actually part of the problem. It’s part of what’s holding you back.

Below is a list of some of my most popular articles on what happiness really is and the steps you can take in your own life to be happier—or, at least be a little less miserable all the time, which is a good start for some people.

Like anything worth having in life, happiness comes at a price.

Yes, it might sound strange, but maybe you’re trying too hard to be happy.

Finding joy and meaning in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. They’re often right in front of you.

Despite what you’ve been told for years now, happiness has nothing to do with “positive thinking” and manifesting your destiny.

How we define happiness and meaning changes over our lifetimes. Here are some thoughts on how it works.

Being happy requires a strong sense of your own values and metrics in life.

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