The first thing to know is that a happy life can mean something different to each individual, its not determined by possessions or what a person has accomplished in their private life.
The true key is to first find Happiness within and everything eventually balances out within other aspects of life.
Step 1: Change the way you think.
Get a piece of paper and write down 5 things in your life that you are thankful for. Now Write 5 Things you like about yourself. Many times people aren't happy because deep down they are feeling so many negative emotions and it usually starts within you need to find the positives about yourself before you can truly see it in the world around you.
Step 2: Do something out of your comfort zone everyday.
Usually. people stay in their comfort zones, but the truth is you have put yourself into a prison one that only you can break out of. Talk to a complete stranger, Turn your phone off for the day and do something you love, Try on that outfit that you brought because you love it but then changed your mind beacause your worried what people would think. Just be you, you are your own worst critic, so step out and realise that nobody is judging you, this is a conception that you created.
Step 3: Learn more about yourself.
People often don't know themselves as much as they think they do, often if they ever have to answer a question about themselves they pause because not actually certain and that is because nobody takes the time to really get to know themselves and what they want in life. Write a list of things you love to do even if you don't have the time to do them anymore. Once you have done that think of the last time you were truly happy, write down what was in your life at that time and what made you so happy.
Step 4- Create stronger Bonds:
Often we go through life and don't put much effort in remaining strong bonds with friends once we have established them and as time goes by we barely see or speak to them until that is the new normal and over time they become just memory, the truth is creating strong bonds with friends, family and collegues isnt easy it takes alot of work and effort just like any relationship. Just like a relationship you also need to learn when they are good and healthy or whether they are bad and full of negativity. If your not seeking happiness from a relationship its normally not a good one, Theres also no such thing as too many friends so when your out speak to people you never know who will come into your life but each person who does just trust that their is a reason.
Step 5: LIVE YOUR LIFE YOUR WAY.
You are the keeper of your happiness, you hold the key. Stop holding back because when you finally let go that is when you will feel true freedom, happiness comes from within and nobody can show you the correct path as everyone's journey is unique to them but just know You do matter, you only get one life, stop caring what others think and start living your life for yourself.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
ITS A LONG ROAD BUT LIFE IS FULL OF CHALLENGES AND GETTING THROUGH THEM IS WHAT MAKES YOU THE PERSON YOU ARE TODAY.