What makes you happy? Studies have shown that it's not the kind of car you drive or anything else having to do with your possessions, which often gather dust. It's the quality of your relationships that make you happy.
Need to deepen the bonds in your life? Practice greater compassion towards yourself and others, says Sharon Salzberg the author of Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace.
"When it comes to compassion I think there always needs to be an examination of balance. It’s a balance first of all between compassion for ourselves and compassion for others," she says.
For more from Salzberg and other Big Think experts on redefining happiness, explore today's big idea.