Despite the oceans of ink spilled on the subject, much of it in wild contradiction, we are no closer to understanding the path to take out of the vale of tears that is the nature if everyday existence for so many. After much thought and contemplation, perhaps I could way with a few simple rules I have observed to work.

1. Be free from want
2. Don’t want too much
3. Stay busy
4. Have time to breathe
5. Have simple tastes
6. Do not be excessively intelligent
7. Believe as most of your neighbors do
8. Be like most of your neighbors are
9. Have someone else to blame for what goes wrong
10. Be social
11. Take time for yourself

And, finally, do not even think of trying to reach happiness, because the more you do the more you feel the lack of it.