1. Embrace Yourself
Instead of coveting what we don't have, value what we do have.What makes us special, what we have to offer and what we enjoy are enough. Kurtz writes, "What you love about yourself is enough."
2. Acknowledge The Sad
And take steps to address it.
3. Create & Meet Goals
Without the reward based structure of childhood, we have to build our own that is conducive to our personal productivity. So build a life and schedulethat enables you to set and meet goals consistently.
4. Find Fresh Inspiration
When "'your thing' can start to feel like the 'only thing,'" then get out and travel more, read more, learn new skills and try new things Kurtz writes.
5. Sunshine & Rainbows
Go outside, soak in some vitamin D, breathe, then roll up your sleeves and go back to work. "As for rainbows, well, you have to weather the storm first," Kurtz writes.
6. Celebrate Everything
What you consider to be a regular chore may be a major accomplishment to someone else, such as paying rent to getting out of bed. So reward yourself with some coffee, because you got out of bed today.
7. Feel Content
No one ever gets everything they want, so instead of striving for perfection achieve contentedness. "Find a way to be happy with what you already have and you'll always have exactly what you need," writes Kurtz.
8. Forget The "Destination"
Happiness is not a destination, it is the journey. "You do not 'arrive' at joy, but you can strive to create it in large and small ways," writes Kurtz.