Happiness - yes, we're brushing through the topic once again! ^_^
But let me start with a very practical quote:
Moreover, it is an emotion. People constantly tweak their life in the pursuit to attain it, just to find themselves back at square one pretty soon. Exactly because it is an emotion. Any combination of sugar, spice, and everything nice doesn't seem to create the perfect stable form of happiness for them.
This article says about ways to improve your life in the next 3 months. It is a pretty long list. Ironically though, having too many items in any personal list is a deviation from happiness.
Below are few points I picked from the article (coincidentally 10). These daily steps, I feel, can make a whole lot of dissatisfied, bored, or still-on-The-pursuit folks reach out to happiness :)
So here comes:
10 rather do-able steps to happiness
(I've ticked ✔ those points that I've been following already, inevitably with minor/major discontinuities; That's life! ^^)
Live by the mantra: a place for everything and everything in its place. That is, have a definite place for all your things so that you can figure them out even in the dark (especially useful when you have aggressive kittens at home ;)).
Have a good laugh at least once a day: get one of those calendars that has a different joke for every day of the year, or stop by a web site that features your favorite cartoon.
Or have friends/family who can be real good laughing buddies.
Make it a point to learn at least one new thing each day: the name of a flower that grows in your garden, the capital of a far-off country, or the name of a piece of classical music you hear playing in your favorite clothing boutique as you shop. If it's time for bed and you can't identify anything you've learned that day, take out your dictionary and learn a new word.
(Geeky folks, learn about new programming languages/libraries of course!)
Make it a point to feed your mind with the thoughts, words, and images that are most consistent with who you want to be, what you want to have, and what you want to achieve.
Cluelessness regarding the text in italics is understood ;)
Stop multi-tasking; do one thing at a time without distractions.
Plan your day the night before.
Spend a few minutes at the end of each day organizing your desk, filing papers, and making sure that your work area is clean and orderly, so that you can walk in to a neat desk the next day.
Connect with someone new every day, whether it's by greeting a neighbor you've never spoken to before, following someone new on Twitter, leaving a comment on a blog you've never commented on before, and so on.
#9 (not a daily thing, so no tick)
Make it a point to associate with people you admire, respect and want to be like.
Stay in your own life and don't compare yourself to anyone else.
A bonus point is to:
Keep reminding yourself that everyone is doing the best that they can. Everyone and everyone :P.