Happiness is such a fleeting thing: one minute, you’re feeling like a million bucks, and the next, something puts you off your game and into a funk that’s hard to break. And considering the tenuous nature of human happiness to begin with, it’s no wonder that so few of us consider ourselves to be truly happy people.
In fact, according to the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, just 33 percent of American adults identified as “very happy.” Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that our overall happiness has been on the decline for some time—a decade ago, that number was holding strong at 35 percent.
“Our happiness as a society can appear as if it is diminishing. And there are some factors that are contributing to our lack of happiness,” says Dr. Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D. Considering our non-stop lifestyles, it’s no surprise that we’re not as happy as we once were. “We are in a society that never stops. We are always on and connected. We are often physically in one place and mentally in another.”
But even if you’re not thrilled about your life now—or if the pace of your current schedule feels unsustainable—that doesn’t mean unhappiness in your future is a foregone conclusion. Follow these therapist-approved tips for living a happier lifeand it’ll be nothing but blue skies ahead.