Tips on finding happiness

Tips on finding happiness
Susan Feniger, chef and owner of Street, finds a secret to happiness is to make the best of your mistakes and then move on.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ever wonder how other people cultivate happiness? Here are a few ideas.

Susan Feniger, chef


• Preparing a dish of California avocados drizzled with olive oil and salt

• Picking tomatoes in her garden


• Spending time on the deck of her house with her partner, Liz, and their dogs, Augie and Chewie

• Shopping at the Indian market


Andrew Weil, doctor, author and proponent of integrative medicine


• Spending time with his dogs, Ajax and Asha

• Making time for close friends and colleagues

• Practicing deep breathing daily

• Remembering how much he has to be grateful for


• Enjoying comfort food and a beverage like dark chocolate and genmaicha (Japanese green tea with puffed and toasted rice)


Wendy Mogel, psychologist and author

• Snorkeling among beautiful fish in the quiet sea

• Watching school plays

• Stumbling upon an unexpected stream or waterfall during a hike

• Listening to her 90-year-old father’s Army stories

• Finding small owls in the wild


— Elise Oberliesen