Knowing yourself enough to do the right thing.
First and foremost, being your own best friend in all your affairs.
Second, do no harm to people places or things. This means to learn, be a student and be a teacher, and practice good habits that allow these to become ‘outcomes’ in your life.
Lastly, be mindful and present for a well balanced life.
Happiness is a very expensive habit. It will cost you a lot of time and energy to produce a mostly small quantity. And like lightening, you can not capture it in a bottle. But you can turn yourself into a lightening rod to receive it whenever it becomes available.
The storm of happiness usually emanates from people like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, not only because he is a worthy public figure, or because he wrote “The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World”, or because I read the book and try to emulate him. Or because I like M. K. Gandhi and David Suzuki. It is because it is ‘truth and beauty’ to give happiness.
If you have an authentic love for someone and choose to copy the way they are happy, you will find the way to project happiness to the universe.
This is why it is so important to have a set of beliefs and a way to practice them in your life.
Say my set of beliefs are all placebo effect happiness, and have no real way to produce happiness in my life. I would be a pretty foolish person with a little bit of happiness. But, I also believe in being a good skeptic, practical, determined, and keeping a balanced lifestyle. I also budget how and why I get the happiness I have like a student doing a simple science experiment.
I know I can’t fix other people, put I have a passion for people, happiness, truth and beauty, and many more (beliefs).
Anyway, I digress, I prefer to stick to the point.
We make our own happiness.