Happiness is the motivational goal which remains a constant obsession as it should. Our main purpose on this planet is joy and inching towards it everyday is our essential need and desire.
Over the years as we allow stress to take a toll on our lives, we seem to have stopped living in our natural state which is joy. As children while we were growing up, joyful living was a natural part of our lives and we didn't have to consciously think about it. So now perhaps we should just switch on our childhood mode to reach that sense of emotional level of comfort and joy.
Go into your childhood and connect to the child within you. Think about how relaxed you were and how your thought patterns worked when you were living in those blissful times. Connect backwards in time and live those days .
Adult stress relief strategies seem so much simpler and more effective when we link them to our past happy experiences.