After a huge amount of thought and false starts, I arrived at my formula: to be happier, think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
Therefore, applying my formula, I would say that “happiness” is a life in which you:
Work to have many opportunities to feel good – to have fun, to feel love, to learn about things that interest you, to feel sensual pleasure, to see friends and family, to connect with other people, to feel of service to others, to have energy, to feel control, etc.… (positive affect)
Work to eliminate sources of feeling bad – instances in which you feel anger, resentment, irritation, guilt, anxiety, boredom, grudges, worthlessness, disorder, exasperation, frustration, failure, etc. (negative affect)
Work to feel right about your life – take steps to live the kind of life you feel that you “ought” to be leading, in terms of job, family, location, service, etc. (life satisfaction)
Work to include an aspect of growth in your life – a sense of progress, advancement, increasing abundance, potential, opportunity, learning, mastery, responsibility