What makes me happy right now is a good conversation over dinner, learning something new, a good powder day with friends, a mountain bike ride after work, or just hanging out with people I've not seen in a while.
I've also managed quite a bit of travel lately throughout the US and Asia and am happier for it. Walking the streets of Taipei is hard to describe and pictures cannot convey the smells and sounds of a city different from any other I've visited. It is a contrast to taking a run to the Tokyo fish market on a bright Wednesday morning in October or a hike through the back streets of Guangzhou the next day. I even found a surprising allure to newly discovered (for me) parts of North Carolina in December and the beaches of Pismo and Cambria in November. These experiences make me appreciate coming home to the Northwest, but they also enlarge my view of the world and how people live and laugh.