People are literally searching for happiness.

Every year, 259 million people worldwide Google the words ‘Happiness’ and ‘Joy’ and that number has increased 250% since 2004.  People are looking for happiness everywhere except in the one place it can be found–inside.

Here are 3 tips to help you unearth the gold mine of happiness within:

1.The best vitamin for happiness is B1

Begin to define yourself as a happy person.  This seems simplistic but happy people believe they are happy people.  When someone asks, “How are you?”  Resist the automatic affirmation of mediocrity, ‘I’m fine.’ Instead, when someone asks, ‘How are you?’ Answer, ‘I’m Happy!’

2.  Set a happiness goal every week and measure your progress.  

The brilliant Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky observed, ‘Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.’  Most psychologists prefer the term ‘subjective well being’ to ‘happiness.’ How happy we are is how we, subjectively, feel our life is going.  We, therefore, get to decide how happy we are and how happy we will become.

The free HappyStat smartphone app helps you set and monitor your happiness level.

3. Order the combo

Studies have found that (1) having something to look forward to and (2) doing something nice for other people raises our subjective well being and makes us feel happier.  Therefore, combine the two every day.  Commit every morning to finding something you can do for someone else.  This gives you happy anticipation as well as a positive feeling for having helped someone else.