5 easy ways to find true happiness Whether your less-than-perfect life is getting you down, or your ideal job and family have left you wanting more, these five easy steps will help you find true happiness. No major life changes required. By Stephanie Zolis 5 easy ways to find true happiness Slideshow View Slideshow 5 easy ways to find true happiness Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 7 hacks to make life easi 6 easy ways to be more ro 7 free ways to boost your 1. Put an end to self-critique You are your own worst critic. But tearing yourself down with incessant criticism isn't making you better; it's instilling you with fear. Negative thoughts erode confidence, which is directly proportional to success, and telling yourself that you aren't good enough or simply "can't" makes you less willing to put yourself out there. If you don't try to find love or a better job, it'll never come into your life. 2. Find your true calling You became a lawyer to please your parents, or maybe you just didn't know what to do after earning that social sciences diploma. Now an associate on the fast track to becoming partner, you find your career path less than fulfilling. Sound like you? Well, it's never too late to find a calling that speaks to you. That doesn't have to mean changing careers (though it's never too late to pursue your dream job). If you love to cook, spend more time in the kitchen or, better yet, take a weekend cooking class. Finding a pastime (and making time for one) will provide that fulfilment that your career is lacking. 3. Become comfortable with imperfection No one can do it all without burning out. We're constantly pulled between our careers and home lives, and the pressure to be perfect can be all-consuming. Your in-laws are making a spontaneous house call? Suddenly you're in a mad dash to clear clutter. Your kids' school is putting on a bake sale? Between conference calls and cooking dinner, you whip up some from-scratch cupcakes on the fly. But it doesn't have to be like that. There's simply no such thing as a work-life balance. You're either the perfect employee or model mom, or you can simply come to terms with being just OK at both. Until you're reincarnated as superwoman, of course. 4. Find good in the bad We all have bad days, but it's important to stay positive and find some silver lining in even the worst circumstances. A combative coworker can help you practice conflict management, while a bad breakup can pave the way to finding true love. Instead of judging and laying blame on others, accept them for who they are and the choices they've made. Painful endings always open up the door to new (and better!) beginnings. 5. Ask for help Perfectionists often prefer to complete tasks on their own to ensure the results meet their standards. But having someone—a friend, partner, coworker or family member—to rely on can make everyday burdens a little easier to manage. While it can be nerve-wracking to relinquish control, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that you're not the only capable set of hands—or that the world doesn't come to a screeching halt when a project falls short of your expectation.