Then, use template 4b to examine a life event that you have chosen for this exercise. In the template, note the specific age point, e.g. 10 years old, and name the life event in the “Name of Situation” space. Then proceed to examine that life event as you would any moment of a situation. Use the WORLD part of the template first by describing every aspect as you saw it then at that age and as you see it now in retrospect. This latter description is important because it may enable you to gain perspective on aspects of the situation, such as family dynamics and other aspects, that you would not have been able to fully understand at a much younger age.
You may also wish to add the definition of happiness you may have held at the time, if applicable, to the PEACE elements. Then carry out the observation of your personal experience at the time with the MINDSET part of the template by describing every dimension. Give each dimension careful attention, especially in formulating the notions of yourself, your parents and others in your family or the world around you. Some of these dimensions may not have been conscious then but can be understood now, with hindsight and with the use of template 4b.
Over time, the use of the two templates, 4c and 4b, in this manner, longitudinally, in relation to your experiences of happiness or of unhappiness, in relation to the events occurring, and in relation to the familial and social context at the time, could facilitate knowing yourself better. This reflection could also enable you to evidence how you may have or may continue to carry experiences and notions from the past into your present. These notions may be present, consciously or not, in your current life and be conducive or non-conducive to happiness. If they are non-conducive, they could be the subject of re-examination with the tools of step 5, as well as the subject of transformation with the tools of step 6.
After having practiced LIFECHART mapping to your satisfaction, proceed to step 5.