I've come here sort of as a last resort, to gather information on a particular emotion, or feeling, I experience in waking life and in my dreams.
Let me start with some background information: my dreams and I have always been close. Without much practice I am able to easily control and remember many dreams. For me, remembering the next morning is the easiest part. If I am actively attempting to remember my dreams for several nights in a row, I can usually remember several dreams per night. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to practice these dream skills as much as I'd like to.
Apart from my dreams being wildly vivid, there is a certain constant state of emotion I possess during dreaming that makes remembering easier. It is like bliss, but subtler. It is what I imagine peace should feel like, if this makes any sense. Being outside in dream allows this emotion to shine, and I feel best this way.
I am able to recreate this feeling only momentarily in waking life. Similar to meditating, I must concentrate on my surroundings to achieve some sort of objectivity, as if I'm seeing a room I've never seen before. Closing my eyes isn't helpful: I must be visually present in the room. Doing this takes a lot of concentration and general calmness which isn't readily available in my life.
Atmospheric additives help, if only slightly. Things like a snowy day and atmospheric music help a ton if I'm not already pretty stressed out.
I'm hoping someone well versed in dreams, or meditation, can help me figure out what is happening, if anything! This emotion I describe feels so peculiar that I find myself thinking about it often, and my searching for answers has been futile.
I'm not sure if I understood what is that you're looking for actually. Anyway...
This particular feeling you're describing (feeling of bliss) sounds like an outcome of you being in tune with your inner self/higher self.
Since the source of that feeling is of spiritual nature (connection with your inner self/higher self), it's easier to experience it in dreams and meditation when you're opened to communication with spirit realm. It's hard (er) to experience that feeling in waking life due to all kinds of Earthly influences, which also don't allow calmness and concentration you need in an amount you'd like to - as you've noticed. But, it's achievable - it just takes dedication and an effort. You have already come up with some techniques of your own.
That in tune-connection is what allows you to approach your dreams as an observer and is responsible for having a close connection with them in first place.
So, it's nothing out of ordinary.
More practice will enrichen your experiences and enable you to see & feel more, to find out more about yourself (the world around you) & the spirit world.
Enjoy your journey.