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Happiness can be really elusive. And it is hard to pin down the elements that cause happiness. But there are some basic elements around which happiness is centered.

1. Family.

Family forms one of the most basic elements of the happiness pyramid. It is our family that stands behind us when no one will, and it is our family who supports and backs us when we need it the most. Without ever judging or stopping loving us. The love between a family is unconditional, and selfless. The more we stay in touch with our family, the happier we are. Close knit bonds with family can go a long way towards establishing happiness. Family matters, whether it seems like it or not.

2. Accomplishments.

Humans are vain creatures, who achieve self-actualization only when they feel a sense of accomplishment. The more we achieve, the higher our self worth, and the happier we feel. Materialistic as it may be, achievements are important! Without them, it is hard to get a sense of usefulness and worthiness.

3. Self worth.

What our own perception of our worth is, is an important factor in our own happiness. Confident individuals who believe in themselves, tend to be happier and more content with life. All the riches and privileges in life don’t matter if you don’t believe in yourself. Poor self esteem can have a very damaging effects on happiness. It is detrimental not only to one’s spirits, but can also have an adverse effect on mental and social health.

4. Love.

Life without love is meaningless. Loving someone and being loved make one happy like nothing else can. Those who live without love are to be pitied, as love is the very essence of life. It is hard be happy without love.

5. Giving back to society.

Giving is the greatest gift; nothing gives one more happiness than giving. The happiest people are those, who, despite how much they have, share their privileges with the less privileged. It isn’t about how much you give; it is about how much happiness you spread. Some people might not have a lot, but what they do have, they share generously. They are happier than the people who are very blessed, but don’t share their blessings with others.

6. Your outlook on life.

All of the above don’t matter, if you aren’t happy from within. The only thing that matters, is how you view life; whether or not you think it worth your while to work towards being happy. You can never be happy if you don’t want to be. You are what you think. If you think you are happy, you will be. That’s all it takes to be happy. The will to be happy.