No, it’s not another insipid platitude. It’s your homework assignment. It should actually be a mandate in each of our lives.
Here’s what you do. Each day for 1 month, record what made that day a good day. It can be a small thing or a big thing, such as “met with friend,” “discussed a project,” or “started a new job.” Also, rate each day on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the most conceivably awesome day.
At the end of the month, review your entries for trends as to what made you the happiest. Read between the lines a bit if you need to. For example, my best days include having a meaningful conversation with a student, colleague, or acquaintance, or meeting with a good friend. Both involve a connection.
Finally, the fun part: include the things that make you happy into all of your days.
Simple. Genius. Wish I thought of it. Rather, this exercise, “Have a Good Day” is from Christopher Peterson, Primer in Positive Psychology.
Have a good, no, an amazing day!