Fake it till you feel it. Feelings follow actions. If I’m feeling low, I deliberately act cheery, and I find myself actually feeling happier. If I’m feeling angry at someone, I do something thoughtful for her and my feelings toward her soften.
5 Ways to be Happier
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JANUARY 17, 2013
Gretchen Rubin, Real Simple

Having done a year-long systematic study of happiness, here are the lessons I learned:
1. Don’t start with profundities.Start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting yourself get too hungry.
2. Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly. Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction.
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