Have you ever read this book? It's a good one. It may be only a few pages, but it is a lesson to be learned. In it are dots and stars, stickers given to you depending on what others thought of you. Stars meant they others liked you, dots meant that others thought you weren't as good as they. It's sort of sad, but it is a bit true in the life around us. Everyone is constantly judging one another, everyone cares about what others think of them. It's not right.
Now, I'm not saying that you just sit there and not care about what others thing to the point that you don't care what you are. You need to always be striving to be a good person, that is where happiness comes from. But you aren't supposed to base it off other's views. Find that truth that you believe in and try to become a better person through it. I can personally tell you that it works. It helps you find that happiness you need. As you strive to do that, you stop giving others "dots" and "stars" and start to make the world a better place.
Happiness is all about making the world a better place to be in. It's true, just think about it for a while if you don't believe me. If we are trying to better ourselves and fulfill our true potential, and not base it after others views on you but off your own views on yourself, you can find that happiness. It will start a chain reaction that is little by little, but quite effective.
What better way to start to be happier?
Get rid of those dots and stars and remember who you really are. Not what people think you are.