As a child, all you needed to do to validate your happiness was clap when someone sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Unfortunately, as our lives and emotions get more complex as we mature answering something as simple as “are you happy” can become an intensely difficult philosophical question.

If you aren’t quite sure whether you are truly happy with your current life, Dumb Little Man has a useful checklist consisting of five questions to help you determine whether or not you actually feel contented. While you really should read the whole article, perhaps the easiest question to determine if you are happy is also their first: Do you want to get out of bed each morning? Aside from being sleepy or exquisitely comfortable in your warm bed, if you simply dread the thought of pulling yourself from your sheets each and every morning, it’s a good sign that you aren’t looking forward to the rest of the day.

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