A causal step to developing a general sense of well-being is first cultivating gratitude. Research shows that gratitude - paying attention to the positives in your life, such as being thankful to others and appreciating what you have - is necessary for developing an overall sense of well-being in daily life (Sirois & Wood, 2017).
Sirois, F. M., & Wood, A. M. (2017). Gratitude uniquely predicts lower depression in chronic illness populations: A longitudinal study of inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis. Health Psychology, 36,