I too usually feel happier after pushing myself to attend some conference, be it LimmudLA or something racier in Las Vegas.
— Novelty and challenge boost happiness. Going to a new city, meeting a lot of new people, being in a different environment, all boosted my happiness. Along the same lines…
— An atmosphere of growth brings happiness. I learned a lot at the conference, both from the official panels and from the unofficial conversations I had, and that gave me a feeling of intellectual excitement and growth.
— Taking a break from a common thing can make it seem like a treat. When I got home, just having a kitchen again felt very exciting.
— Used right, technology helps build relationships.