What would it take for you to say that you’ve lived the happiest possible life? Some people would say that being super wealthy would make their lives happy. Others would say it’s finding the perfect person to share their lives with. Some might even say traveling around the world or simply doing something they love for a living. While these may seem like very different things, upon further examination we find that they are actually the very same thing. And knowing what that thing is will allow you to live the happiest possible life.

What all of the things listed above that would make various people’s lives happy are goals. Specifically, they are goals they hope to achieve. Thus, your happiest possible life is nothing more than the achievement of your goals. What’s more, since your happiest possible life is a goal, it is completely achievable. Want to find out how? Keep reading.

For starters, I am not about to try and sell you some high priced self-help book that feeds you nonsense like ask the universe and then sit back and wait for it to happen. Such books are gimmicks designed to line pockets. And, while I would love to line my pockets, I will not charge the reader to do it. So, back to the subject at hand.

If living the happiest possible life is a goal and achieving that goal will make you happy, then it stands to reason that achieving other goals will make you happy as well. Therefore, setting smaller goals that lead up to your life goal should make you happy as well. Let’s use and example.

Say, for instance your goal is to make a living as a novelist. Okay, that’s a hard goal to achieve. But remember old Henry Ford’s quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you’re right.” Making a living at writing novels means having to publish novels on a regular basis (one per year for the really big names that still do their own writing) and even better if they are good novels. Before you can get your books published on a regular basis though, you have to break in with your first novel. Before that you have to get your writing to professional grade quality. One of the best ways to do this is to write good short fiction. The only way to write good short fiction is to practice. And the best way to practice is to emulate the styles of your favorite authors in order to develop your own style. Therefore, your goal list might look something like this:

1. Read several novels and short stories

2. Start writing short fiction to refine my style

3. Get my short fiction published on a regular basis

4. Start writing and refining novels

5. Get first novel published

7. Continue writing novels

8. Land a book contract

9. Retire from my nine to five and write full time

Of course, this is an abbreviated goal list and you can make yours as detailed to vague as you’d like. Remember, that the more goals you have on it though means the more small moments of happiness you will create in your life when you achieve them. This process works for any goal too, it is not exclusive to any one goal. To prove it, here’s another example: finding the perfect love interest.

Let’s say you are a person who wants to marry someone who is likes books. You can’t just sit at home and wait for Mr or Ms Right to come knocking on your door. Nor can you go to a bar and hope the person sitting next to you is a bibliophile. Instead, find a bookstore in your area with a small cafe and frequent it. Sit there, relax, read, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Converse with people. You will find you are enjoying yourself.

So what would make your life the happiest and what are the goals you will set to accomplish your happiest possible life? Let us know in the comments.