“Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” (J.S. Mill)

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we all want to be happier. But what works? After all, as John Stuart Mill noted, focusing on happiness seems to make it ever more elusive.

A few years ago I came across a startup called happie.st. For one reason or another it no longer exists, but I was struck by how much the ‘seven principles of happiness’ they identified resonated with me:

  1. Being thankful
  2. Eating healthy food
  3. Connecting with wisdom
  4. Meditating
  5. Leading an active lifestyle
  6. Sticking to routines
  7. Using mantras

I’ll be unpacking what each of these means over the next few months, so be sure to subscribe for updates!

Image CC BY-NC-SA Lotus Carroll