How to Be Happy & Live a Happier Life (Guide)

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As of June 2020, only 16% of Americans report being “very happy” despite more than 80% of Americans being satisfied with their family’s financial situation. In simple terms, Americans’ relationship with happiness is broken.

Living a happy life is much simpler and more attainable than most people realize. Here’s a breakdown of the best resources and most important learnings about how to live a happy life.

If you want to read about my personal happiness journey, here’s a good place to start.

1, Understand that society has a broken relationship with happiness 

Studies show that making more than $75k/year won’t make you happier, yet as explained in this video, society sells us the myth that things=happiness. If you want to read more about minimalism, here’s a great post.

2. There are some simple things that you can do to increase your happiness immediately:

3. Ikigai is the simplest way to explain happiness, meaning, and how to figure out how to spend your time in life:

4. My favorite resource to learn about happiness and finding your path in life

Brian Johnson is my favorite life philosopher by far and his lessons have helped me to understand happiness and rebuild my life. I highly recommend watching his videos about happiness and his video about positive psychology.

“When what we’re capable of being matches what we’re actually being, we experience joy, enthusiasm, happiness. If what we’re capable of being and what we’re actually being is not the same and there’s a gap, that’s where regret, anxiety, and disillusionment exist.

If we want to close that gap and get rid of that regret, anxiety, and disillusionment, we need to live with Arete. Where what we’re actually doing is what we’re capable of doing.” -Brian Johnson

5. Tony Robbins’ 37-minute explanation of happiness

Tony Robbins is my second favorite life philosopher and here’s a great breakdown from him.

“Whenever you are happy with something in your life, it is because right now, the conditions of your life match your blueprint, or your beliefs about how life should be in that particular area.” -Tony Robbins

6. The best books and podcasts about happiness

If you’re looking for more great information about happiness, read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, Stumbling on Happiness, or some of our other favorite happiness books.

If you’re looking for great podcasts about happiness, check out Gretchen Rubin’s podcast, 10% Happier with Dan Harris, or The Science of Happiness.

I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.