What Makes You The Happiest?

Understanding your own happiness is important. Knowing what has made you happy in the past can help you steer your life toward similar experiences in the future. Often, though, there is a disparity in what we think will make us happy and what actually does.

What puts the biggest smile on your face? What makes you the happiest?

Related questions: What makes you the unhappiest? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we put up with unhappiness? Why don’t we know what makes us happy?

How Have You Changed?

Change is one of the constants in life. We go through radical change in our early years, as we physically and mentally mature. After that the changes tend to be more subtle, but can be equally as profound.

How have you changed in the last 20 years? In the last year? In the last week? How have you changed?

Related questions: How would you like to change? What is necessary to change your mind? How have we changed?

What Are You Optimistic About?

Sometimes the world can feel like an overwhelming place. Clouds can darken anyone’s horizons. Holding on to optimism is important for a healthy outlook on life.

When you look to the future, what are the highlights you see? What are you optimistic about?

Related questions: How is hope different from optimism? How can we maintain wonder? What is your retreat from the world? What amazes you?

A tip of the Intellectual Roundtable cap to the the Edge.org series of books, which are a great source of inspiration for the Intellectual Roundtable. What Are You Optimistic About? is one of more than a dozen such compilations.

How Do You Set Priorities?

At any given moment, how do you decide what you will do? Maybe you will read a book, or play music, or pay bills, or make a meal. To help you with that decision, you might have an explicit (or maybe just a subconscious) list of priorities.

Setting priorities can be a tricky thing. You need a mix of short-term, medium-term, and long-term tasks or goals, and you might need to have some time set aside for no goals at all, for pure recreation or to recharge. But how do you determine what is most important, and how does that change from moment to moment?

How do you set priorities?

Related questions: How do you define success? How can we turn ideas into actions? What is important?

Why Do We Give Gifts?

Giving someone gifts, whether it happens to be for a special occasion like a holiday or a birthday, or at a random time for no particular event, is a show of affection and also a show of materialism. Why are these two linked? Why is it necessary to give a thing to someone?

Why do we give gifts?

Related questions: Why do we like to receive gifts? What are our responsibilities to others? Why do we feel the need to belong? How can we maintain wonder?