10 Keys to Happiness

Photo of Frederick Claflin

By Derek Haakman

The key to happiness is to appreciate what you have. Sounds simple? Then why are so many people still unhappy? Happiness is really a state of mind, so learn how to embrace the good, to stop worrying and to just be happy. Of course being happy is great for your relationship. Share this with your mate so you can be happy together. Recipe for success.


Be happy now. Be grateful for what you have today, rather than dwelling on what you don’t have. Practice being satisfied with what you have now while you work in pursuit of the things you want for your future. Start by counting your blessings.


Understand what you can – and can’t – change. Things take time. Work on what you can to improve your life right now, understand what will take some time, and accept that there are always things that you just can’t change. Accept those truths.


Put a smile on your face and it will change how you feel and the way that people react to you. A smile becomes the outward reflection of an inner feeling. Try it!


Happiness is a choice. It’s a choice we make every day. So decide that you will choose to look on the bright side today.


Deal with it. Whatever life hands you, don’t place blame…it’s a waste of time and energy and drains away your happiness. Accept responsibility for dealing with whatever comes your way. Placing blame or feeling sorry for yourself won’t solve problems. But you can.

6. 100%

Give your best effort to everything that you do. Life will support you and you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction, pride and happiness  if you always give 100% effort to what you’re doing.


Realize what matters. It’s not what you get, it’s what you become! Have high expectations for an improved you. Nobody can make you happier – that job is up to you. Work on yourself.


Look at things from a different angle. Is it a problem, or an opportunity to take action? Problems are good teachers if you face them head-on.


One step at a time! Put things in perspective. No problem is too great or opportunity too small if you take it in small bites. Tackle tasks, issues and problems piece by piece and congratulate yourself for your wise approach.


Choose your companions carefully. There are people who have a positive attitude and are uplifting, just as there are those with negative attitudes that can bring you down. Choose to surround yourself with individuals who are happy – and who make you happy, too.


  1. Awesome post Alpha,
    Yes, there are always such things that I can’t change, and it really becomes difficult to accept the fact that I can’t change them.

    Also, I liked ‘Realize what matters’ from key no 7. CLARIFY.
    Sometimes, realizing what really matters to me could take my life in a different dimension altogether. (I am in the process :) )

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…
    Love and gratitude!

  2. haroldmillet says:

    This is great!

    What I like most is the last part “The Company You Keep”. I’ve posted in a blog before that it doesn’t matter how many friends you have but there are that “few” of your many friends whom you’d really wanna be with because they are true & real and these are the people who makes you happy.

    Thanks Ate Alpha!

  3. gethappy says:

    Awesome blog post. I have always wanted to find some one with my passion and today I found one on line.Keep up the good post.

  4. Good post!

  5. Lisa says:

    Great post. I’m a firm believer that life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. These tips are a sure way to put life in proper perspective.

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