As you hustle your hardest at work, you may sometimes forget to stop and ask yourself: "Am I happy?" Doing so is not only good for your physical and mental health, but it can also give you confidence and a pay boost at work.
But as author and creative entrepreneur Adam J. Kurtz says, there's actually no big secret to happiness.
"Happiness is such a broad idea and we're all so desperate for it," Kurtz tells CNBC Make It. "We know what it feels like, we think we know how to get it and yet we aren't happy 24/7, even though we know so much about it."
In his upcoming book, "Things Are What You Make of Them," Kurtz shares a mini-collection of inspirational essays and "no-nonsense advice" for "creatives."
"If you're using creative problem solving to make something happen, you're a creative. Whether you are launching a freelance business, building a brand, managing a company of hundreds, or even planning a wedding," Kurtz says you can be considered a creative, "paint splattered jeans or not."
"By taking a second to really think about what happiness is, how to identify what we need, and how to manage expectations," he says, "we might get more of what we really want."
Here are the eight surprisingly basic steps Kurtz says you can take to be happier in life.