Social psychologist Daniel Gilbert discovered that we’re notoriously bad at predicting what will make us happy
Whew — I thought it was just me! I agree with what you wrote, and I have tried to find meaning in all I do; however, for me, the search for meaning can be as frustrating as the search for happiness, especially in a chaotic world that at times, seems to be devoid of reason.
For me, I took a pause from looking for happiness, or meaning, and I decided I needed to give thanks. I needed to express in action the gratitude for all the benefits I have had (which I often forgot) and got into more volunteer work. These were activities purely of my own choice — organizations that I felt I could contribute and make a positive difference. This, for me, has made a big impact on my mental well being.