"Psychologists have different answers on the criteria for happiness. According to one study, happy people share several characteristics (Myers & Diener, 1996; Myers 2000; Diener & Seligman, 2002):
*Happy people have high self-esteem. A positive view of oneself makes all the difference.
* Happy people have a firm sense of control. They are masters of their destiny rather than helpless pawns in the game of life.
* Happy individuals are optimistic. This quality enables them to persevere at tasks and achieve better results. In addition they enjoy better health (Peterson, 2000).
* Happy people enjoy company. They are usually extroverted and have close relationships."

An Article from the Star Weekend Magazine