Need a quick jolt of happiness, right now? Try this:
Lay the groundwork for some fun. Order a book you’ve been wanting to read (not something you think you should read) or plan a weekend excursion to a museum, hiking trail, sporting event, gardening store, movie theater — whatever sounds like fun. Studies show that having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness, and anticipation is an important part of that pleasure. Try to involve friends or family as well; people enjoy almost all activities more when they’re with other people than when they’re alone.