Albert Einstein said:
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
Personality traits affect the actions you take, the attitudes you have and your behavior. Bottomline: You cannot guarantee happiness; but, you can increase your happiness if you take charge of your actions, attitudes and behavior.
The simple pleasures in life are appreciated by happy people. They concentrate on today and now. For example, they find the beauty and fun of an artistically-formed swirl on their cappuccino, a happy puppy playing in the park or the unexpected kindness of a stranger. They aren't embarrassed to show their happiness with an impromptu public dance.
They are also active in the conversations around them. They listen to others, smile and laugh at what is said, and they contribute to the conversation.
As said by Dr. Seuss:
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
They don't look for sympathy from others. They know that negative thinking is not productive. Happy people look for the positive in what has happened and they move on with a winning attitude.
They may have ideas of things they have a passion to do; but, they put them aside because their passion may result in earning less money.
On the other hand, happy people are not afraid to try a "risky" passion, regardless of whether it makes money for them. They may be willing to work less hours on their job and use the saved hours to create their own business, or to implement a craft project or to volunteer their time and talent.
Happy people don't let money direct their lives. They decide how they are going to spend their time based on what they want to do with their life. They may make less money, but they will have the time to do what they want to do.
Consider whether your personality traits are keeping you from being happy. Looking for ideas? Check out the examples of personality traits here on YourDictionary.