Each one of these truths sounds fairly obvious and straightforward, but each was the product of tremendous thought. Take the Second Splendid Truth—it’s hard to exaggerate the clarity I gained when I finally managed to put it into words. More details here:
  1. 1.
    To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
  2. 2.
    One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
  3. 3.
    The days are long, but the years are short.
    (Click here to see my one-minute movie; of everything I’ve written about happiness, I think this video resonates most with people.)
  4. 4.
    You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.
    [Many argue the opposite case. John Stuart Mill, for example, wrote, “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” I disagree.]
  5. 5.
    I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature.
  6. 6.
    The only person I can change is myself.
  7. 7.
    Happy people make people happy, but I can’t make someone be happy, and No one else can make me happy.
  8. 8.
    Now is now.