Is the key to happiness as simple as the 5 steps suggest? I will say that I thought the 5 steps are crucial for life period. Not just to be happy, but to be able to survive what life brings.
Life happens to everyone...even the bad stuff in life. What you may go through is no worse than what someone else has gone through. It only feels worse because you're going through it.
Whether we are happy or not has a lot to do with our thoughts, perceptions and beliefs. Our possessions will not get us through the rough days but our perceptions, thoughts and the things we say to ourselves will.
What makes you happy in your life?