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.

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5. It's Crucial to Give in to Temptation

You log overtime at work, hit the gym religiously, stick to a low-fat, no-fun diet, and even remember birthdays.Or maybe you aren't quite so Type A. But you still get to work on time, kiss your boss's ass when you'd rather kick it, and play nice to your folks. Face it, making it in this world takes some serious discipline, regardless of your personality profile. "The pressure to keep up is so exhausting that it would seem like the payoff for showing such restraint would be great," says Seaward. "But if you don't stop to savor something pleasurable, you're going to wind up miserable."

Clearly, you must indulge. Some thoughts: Splurge on a gourmet sandwich one day for lunch instead of brown bagging it. Surf the Web rather than returning that hundredth e-mail. Get the deluxe spa pedicure. "When you feel completely overwhelmed, that's actually when you need to treat yourself the most," says Seaward.

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