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If you’d like to be happier — who wouldn’t? — the first step may be to challenge your own views about happiness.

Maybe you think that to be happier, you need more than you have now — more freedom, more money, more love … fill in the blank. Or maybe you’ve convinced yourself that this is as good as it gets.

Such beliefs may be more myth than fact. Although a myth usually contains a kernel of truth, it can also sprout and grow, spreading seeds of doubt that can ultimately crowd out your own growth.

The following posts will discuss six common myths about happiness that may actually be downsizing your happiness. The truth may set you free for a happier life, starting right now.