Contrary to what we usually believe… the best moments in our lives are not passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something we make happen.
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow
Making your own happiness