In 2008, I was fortunate enough to spend a few months living and volunteering in the far north of India. In this desert community, there was no running water, no electricity and no beds; everyone slept on the floor of their desert hut. Despite the fact these people had very little to call their own, I was continually blown away by how happy they were. It was this experience, and subsequent post graduate studies, that have led me to some pretty simple conclusions about the things that we need to be doing here in Australia if we want to be happier. Amongst that list is the relatively basic instruction; we need to choose to be more optimistic. That’s right, being optimistic is a choice. And the great news is, there are three simple things that we can do everyday to make us more optimistic.