Is it a culmination of the moments that bring us pleasure? A nice meal, a compliment at work, buying something new?
If we really think about when we felt happiest in our lives, it may have been when we had meaningful or fulfilling experiences, that were not without challenge. Educational achievement, success on a previous assignment or spending quality time with family and good friends are often remembered as times when we felt happiest.
So although we have a sense of what makes us happy, we don’t always focus on the important elements day to day.