Many of us are guilty of thinking that joy is a journey. We'll achieve happiness, we tell ourselves, if we accomplish a goal five years from now. We'll be happy, we think, once we've made a big change that will eventually lead us to our ideal life. And though it may be tempting to view happiness as a permanent state for the future, the field of happiness research tells a very different story. Here's the real truth: We don't have to work as hard as we think we do to get to a state of bliss. Sometimes a little tweak, shift or new habit is all it takes.
In honor of the International Day of Happiness, we've rounded up some tricks to help you get to a positive place -- without taking the long road to joy. Go on and give them a try. Happiness looks good on you.