I am finding this a useful and thoughtful article. Both as a technique I can use and the writer’s conclusions match what I think makes me happy. Meeting personal stretch goals and time with family and friends and my guitar are when I am happiest.
It is also useful, because the analysis of happiness in this way, leads to the opportunity to make choices to gain more happiness. Sounds like a great way to begin the year. Or a change at any time.
Have a look, the ideas may help.
I spent a year recording every time I felt overwhelmingly happy—thereby figuring out the best ways to spend my time and energy.