I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out on my own (it’s #68 in the happiness book) because when you think about it, it’s obvious: Doing things we’re good at makes us happy.
Success usually makes us happy, but I think even more the process of succeeding, doing something we’re confident about, making something we’re skilled at and enjoy doing, has to achieve something like a state of flow, the sense that where we are and what we’re doing is exactly where and what we were meant to be. Which of course puts Working Wednesdays in a whole new context. Doing what we’re good at is good for us (assuming we enjoy it, just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it).
I was thinking about the book the other day and realized I am no longer worried about it. I have no idea if it’s any good, but I’ve reached that stage where I know what I’m doing. I’m good at this part, at pulling it all together, at fixing plot holes and pacing, I know what I’m doing here. That’s a real rush. I’m happy.
This may also be why we like watching people doing what they do well, aka competence porn.
Don’t feel guilty about doing things you’re good at, even if other people dismiss those things