You cannot impose happiness on yourself. You cannot become happy just by following all the rules prescribed in self-development books, however there are things one can do to improve their qualify of life and therefore their levels of satisfaction.
Recently Martin Seligman visited Australia and I was lucky to attend his lecture at Sydney Opera House. Did you read his books? You can check out his website where he lists things you can do to improve your levels of happiness/life satisfaction.
I have decided to write down a list of things that make me feel good ( no huge discoveries here, perhaps, but hopefully you will find something useful).
WAKING UP ON SATURDAY TO A SUNNY, BUT NOT HOT DAY
SMELL OF FRESHLY MADE COFFEE
LOOKING AT THE FLOWERS, ESPECIALLY ROSES
PROLONG HUGS AND KISSES
MEAL SERVED ON A TRAY IN BED WHEN I AM TOO TIRED
LOOKING AT THE PICTURES OF PEOPLE I LOVE
LISTENING TO “SIMPLY BEING” APP ON MY PHONE
MY NEW HTC ONE M7 PHONE WITH BATTERY THAT LASTS
HELLO KITTY MERCHANDISE (NO, I AM NOT A COLLECTOR)
PHOTOS OF CUTE PUPPIES
LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINES
FRESH SUNDAY PAPER
GOOD QUALITY ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA FOR BREAKFAST
WARM SOURDOUGH BREAD WITH BUTTER
BROWN BROTHERS (AUSTRALIA) WINES
BEING NEAR THE WATER ON A WARM SUNNY DAY
BEING IN A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
LOOKING AT THE PICTURES WITH VIEWS OF ITALY, SOUTH OF FRANCE AND ALPS
WARM HEAVY BLANKET ON A COLD NIGHT
PEACE AND QUIET.
What about you?