Are You Happy?

smiling african american woman( — Happiness can be a strange thing: The more you try to achieve it, the more it seems to slip through your fingers. “Ask yourself if you’re truly happy, and you cease to be so,” says Darrin McMahon, PhD, author of Happiness: A History.

Some say happiness is like falling in love, that you can’t make it happen. But if that’s the case, then how can you become happier?

At a recent Happiness & Its Causes Conference in San Francisco, a wide range of experts, including scientists, psychologists, philosophers, and even Tibetan Buddhists, offered their thoughts on the topic. Below are just a few of their tips for overcoming six common happiness barriers.

Barrier 1: Complexity
Solution: Simplify