Part of being happier is being confident that we are living according to our values. The deep inner feeling that we are doing the “right thing” provides a sense of fulfillment which helps us be happier. If we are not clear what our values are or that we are living according to the “right” values it is difficult to feel that sense of fulfillment.
Create a list of your values. What are the most important principles you feel should be guiding your life? Some examples might include Excellence, Creativity, Freedom, Fun, Friendship, Helping Other, Health and Fitness, Humor, Spirituality, Honesty, Serenity, Trust, Family, etc. Focus on your top 5. You will have more than 5 values, but make sure the Top 5 are not being compromised and you will have a good foundation for feeling fulfillment and contentment. Live according to your values and you will be happier. Here is an exercise to help you identify your values.