There is only one way to happiness, Epictetus taught the Romans, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
We nourish the bodies of our children and friends and employees, but how seldom do we nourish their self-esteem?
Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
People trudge through most days with little excitement in their lives. But our digital age provides so many opportunities to give people an authentic view of who you are or what your company strives to be, thus creating touch points of commonality that draw you into closer friendship with others.
You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.
Try leaving a friendly trail of little sparks of gratitude on your daily trips. You will be surprised how they will set small flames of friendship that will be rose beacons on your next visit.