The more I think and write (and coach) on these topics, the more I acknowledge the maddening subjectivity.
I try to be extremely self-aware — sort of a human lab rat. And, I compare my experiences to the well-published studies. Sometimes were in sync, often we’re not.
Sometimes I’ll notice a sudden shift in mood (my feelings of happiness or contentment). Then, I stop and ask myself, what precipitated that shift.
Sometimes is a very minor thing, other times a significant thing. Sometimes I have no idea.
Sometimes, I think I’m too obsessed with monitoring my mood.
But, I also know from history, that if I don’t, there are times when I slide into an abyss that’s hard to recover.