I try to track my happiness along with a number of variables every single day in my spreadsheet. So far, I have found a few things that can dramatically improve my daily mood:
- Most important is social contact. I have a habit now of calling either a family member or friend both on my way to work and my way home. I also try to schedule activities that will get me to engage and talk to others.
- Writing down what I am grateful for every day in my log really has helped my happiness. It keeps my perspective if things are annoying to me that I have a huge amount that I should be very grateful for – a wonderful wife, comfortable and safe home, great colleagues, etc.