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7 Secrets to happiness

Pure bliss

True joy - not quickie mood boosts but that totally stoked mental state - boils down to these surprising essentials. Behold, your ticket to bliss.

2. You Gotta Have Adventures

Quick: Recall your favorite college memory. A hundred bucks says it wasn't that time you studied really, really hard and got an A minus on your Chem 101 exam. The, um, yum incident with the teacher's assistant in the lab after class ranks a little higher, no? Thought so. And that's the point. "If everything you did in life was safe, you'd never have any exhilarating moments or crazy experiences to recall, both of which give you the sense that you're truly living," explains Brian Luke Seaward, PhD, author of Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart.

Now, we're not suggesting that you totally hurl caution to the wind, but don't get hung up on always staying on the straight and narrow. "People assume that doing the right thing leads to happiness, but actually taking risks does," says Seaward. For you, that might entail going off on a three-day weekend with a new guy or just wearing that extra slinky minidress.

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