I came across the following quote that I felt gave good advice to those of us seeking God’s pleasure,
I read about an article in a science journal recently co-written by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The scientists surveyed a bunch of women to look at how many of their daily activities brought them satisfaction. Oddly, the stuff they chose to do for hours at a time every, single day, as leisure – namely, watching TV – didn’t bring them satisfaction. Instead, connecting with the present did – via prayer and meditation.
It reminds me of the narration from Mu’awiyah bin Abu Sufyan,
الخيرُ عادةٌ والشَّرُ لَجَاجةٌ، مَن يُرِدِ اللهُ به خيرًا يُفقِّهْه في الدِّينِ
“Doing good is a habit just as doing evil is obstinacy. Whomever God intends good for, He grants that one understanding in Islam (al-Din).” Reported in Ibn Hibban’s Sahih as well as Ibn Majah’s Sahih.