There are a lot of miserable people walking around because they're doing what their families tell them to do, what their friends want them to do, or what some external being compels them to do rather than focusing on building self-awareness and living authentically.
The true key to happiness is to be yourself and live as the real you. Over many years of coaching individuals who value developing self-awareness, I've noticed that people cause themselves all kinds of unnecessary grief and tension because they don't live in a way that reflects who they really are inside.
When you're the authentic you it opens all kinds of doors, you meet people who understand where you're coming from and what you're doing. You project positive energy when you're following your passion. Since I let go of being someone I wasn't and became a poet, I feel better about myself and connect with people who value what I do. I really like it when people like the real me instead of some artificial persona.
What do you do to be yourself?