I felt like I was 2000-and-late to read The Happiness Project, since it was published in 2009 and it’s now 2017, but I found a lot of good gems in it. One that resonates with me is the idea of just do what you do to be happy.
One of my Secrets of Adulthood is “You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.” I have a lot of notions about what I wish I liked to do, about the subjects and occupations that I wish interested me. But it doesn’t matter what I wish I were like. I am Gretchen.
“Do what you do” is helpful because it points you to examining your behavior rather than your self-conception and therefore may be a clearer guide to your preferences.”
It was kind of a “duh” moment for me to read this–it makes perfect sense! And, I’ve done this in a way before. For periods of time, I’ve had an evening ritual of writing down things I did during the day that made me feel happy or satisfied and used those mini lists as guidelines for what I should do more of. It was a gratitude list with a mission.