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The Bigger Picture: Have you ever stopped to ponder what ‘happiness’ really means?

  By my anonymous cousin Have you ever stopped to ponder what ‘happiness’ really means? We all feel it from time to time, and in our own ways. Certainly, what might constitute happiness for some, might not present the same for others. It is both bizarre and fantastic to me that happiness has the power to show up tailored to each of our adventures in life. Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘happiness’ as: “A state of well-being and contentment.” Alternatively, it is described as “a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” Anthropologist Ashley Montagu once wrote: “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” I love this quote. I absolutely agree that happiness has the ability to grab hold of us — sometimes in a moment’s notice — and take us on an exhilarating ride. A universal dilemma, often portrayed in pop culture, is the pursuit of happiness. I feel this is best exemplified in the 2006 Hollywood blockbuster film of the same title, The …