If you’re happy and you know it… make a list?

Recently I was in a discussion with a friend who’s working on what to do next in life. I encouraged him to make a list of all the things that makes him happy and work towards a job and social environment that helps satisfy those things.

It occurred to me that making such a list would be useful to me as well. Accordingly, these things make me happy:

  • Holding someone
  • Being held by someone
  • Solving complex problems
  • Optimizing systems
  • Doing things for people
  • Laughing/joking with friends
  • Achieving new physical PRs / competing with myself
  • My level of physical fitness
  • Trying new things even when I don’t want to / pushing my own boundaries
  • Learning new things
  • Traveling / seeing new things
  • Being creative / making things with my hands
  • Reading books that make me think
  • Having cute guys smile at me or pay me a compliment
  • Developing a level of friendship with someone such that both of us are free to be ourselves without pretense
  • Simple company of close friends

I’m very fortunate that my job satisfies some of these (hint: it’s not the first two). My current social circle satisfies several of the others. Some on the list I need to work harder at achieving as they don’t happen near enough.

What makes you happy?