Harriet was on a weekend trip with her immediate family in Switzerland, with some extraordinary nature experiences like Matterhorn mirroring it's peak in the lake (above). Returning back to daily routines after an exhilarating experience is a good measure of your happiness level. If you feel "Yes, I love my life and I love to go back", you're safe :-) But if the mere thought of returning makes your anxiety and stress level go up and negative thoughts rally inside your head, then STOP!
Are you sacrificing yourself over someone, or someone else's wishes?
Are you forced to act against your deepest values in your job?
Are you clinging to an old belief of what is "right and expected" of you?
Have you become so cynical that you cannot feel any joy?
Do you have meaningful contacts with other people?
And so on, we could ask. Listening to what really makes you happy in life, and making decisions to increase those things in your life is an act of self-love and self-responsibility that requires will-power and motivation. It is not always an easy process to go through, because on the way the disempowering outside impact will try to get you down and you will also become familiar with your own shadows. Still, when you have the motivation and the courage to go after what means most to you, you will find help on the way, and you can find happiness in the midst of turmoil.