It seems as if most of us strive for a happier life. We try to seek out the perfect job, partner, and friends to gain a sense of joy and fulfillment in our lives. But actually, happiness isn't a complex equation; there's only one rule you need to know about being happy, says life coach Martha Beck in an interview:
"Notice what makes you really happy and what doesn't. You would be amazed to know how blind we go to our own joy or discomfort as we learn to follow cultural norms. Go back to your inner guidance. Then, move toward things that make you feel good, and away from things that make you feel bad (really, it's not rocket science). Do this whether you're choosing a snack or making a lifelong vow."