Is it a good idea to give some thought to things that are important?
I think so.
So why not make your own personal happiness list. To share or perhaps just for yourself.
Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project found a 200 year old list of items to make a person happy that could be a point of comparison to your own list. Personally I don’t like comparison or avoiding serious arts like drama as ways to promote happiness but these may just stimulate your thinking about what works for you.
Another potential source for inspiration is the Sound of Music Favorite Things list. Don’t restrict it to things – people should be part of a happiness list too.
What would happen if you maximized time on your happiness list activities and minimized time on the unhappy list? Or do you need to spend more time on the unhappy list to eliminate or get away from them? Interesting controversy when a person like Robert Scoble, for example, states publicly that he plans to spend more time with positive supportive people and less with trolls and critics. We can all think of examples where a person surrounds themselves with sycophants and lose touch with reality but without going to that extreme how many critics or negative thinkers does a person need to be grounded? Are the people who fill this role in your life constructive and giving you a reality check or are they just downers holding you back?