Perhaps above all, be as healthy as you can. Nothing is more valuable than your health, emotional and physical, little is more likely to make you unhappy than ill-health.

Most fundamentally, recognise that happiness is a state of mind and not something which can be defined objectively. You can change your state of mind in many ways.

More importantly than anything else, love yourself, live with a partner whom you love and respect and who feels the same about you. Kiss and cuddle and compliment often and regularly, buy unexpected little gifts.

When you’re old enough and in a steady relationship, have a son or a daughter. Tell them often how much you love and admire him/her and do anything to help him/her.

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