Happiness seems to be a fleeting thing to some people; others seem to have a good grasp on it and seem to be able to hang on for dear life! Happiness means different things to different people, but there are similarities that have led scientists to believe that there is much people can do to assist themselves in their personal pursuit of happiness. Happy people enjoy a true sense of purpose in their life. What is your passion and are you living it? For many people, faith in God or a higher power brings them happiness, hope for the future, grounding and a sense of purpose. Happy people generally are giving people; giving brings the giver joy, when the giving is heartfelt as opposed to giving for the sake of giving or an ulterior motive. Happy people are thankful for their lives as well as the people and relationships in their life. Happy people understand the importance of cultivating healthy relationships. Happy people have the courage to walk away from toxic people and situations. Optimism doesn’t come naturally to some people, but the happiest people are optimists, always looking on the lighter and brighter side of life.