Contentment is an effective way to be happy. Acting as if you have more but in reality you have less can make you feel bad. If you love yourself the way you are then you will be happy. Acceptance is another way to be happy. Not holding on to grudges and failures and seeing them as an opportunity to make things right is a way to the right path that can get you to your happiness. Sometimes or rather most of the time being happy is a choice. You live and learn and fight for what makes you happy or just see your life as it is.