and the prospect of a good night's sleep."Set goals for yourself.Set goals for yourself.LululemonThe psychologist Jonathan Freedman claims that people who set objectives for themselves
whether it's short-term or long-term
are happier than those who don't.And the University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson found that working towards a goal won't just activate positive feelings, but also suppress negative emotions.Stop defending your point of view.Stop defending your point of view.Craig Loftus / FlickrDr. Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joyand Enlightenment, has said that maintaining neutrality is the best way to keepyourself happy."You can save 99 percent of your psychological energy
and feel happier
if you can stop defending your point of view,
says Chopra.Go to church.Go to church.Stuck in Customs / FlickrIn a recent study, people who attended church regularly responded that they werehappier and more satisfied with their lives than people who were not religious.Bruce Headey, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, researchedhappiness among a group of people for 25 years, and found that people who went to church stayed thin, avoided worrying about their careers, and had emotionallystable partners.Sleep at least six hours every night.Sleep at least six hours every night.Flickr/edenpicturesSix hours and 15 minutes a night of un-interrupted sleep makes for the happiestpeople, a study commissioned by the British company Yeo Valley found.The study asked adults ages 18 to 65 to rate their level of happiness on a scaleof one to five. Those who slept around six hours and 15 minutes a night rankedthe happiest.Slash your commute to 20 minutes.Slash your commute to 20 minutes.AP ImagesFrom the same British study that found adults need to sleep at least six hours to be happy, the happiest respondents were also found to commute just 20 minutesto work.The length of your commute even affects your health and fitness.Make sure you have at least 10 good friends.Make sure you have at least 10 good friends.Flickr via pinksherbetAdults who said they had 10 good friends were happier than those who could countfive or less close friends, research from Nottingham University found.And it seemed the "more the merrier" really did apply. The more friends one had,the happier he or she seemed.