Lets start things with my favorite quote: “The fact that you are even here, alive, on this planet is a mathematical miracle, and you should not spend the time that you have being busy being miserable.” -Philip DeFranco So I had a discussion in the Cbox today and the question was brought to light. We all know that we want to be happy, hell we do all sorts of things to be so. We buy fancy cars, read self help books, volunteer for stuff, teach, learn, play, work and participate in an endless number of events to persue it as an overall goal. That's all fine and dandy but as this conversation played out, I didn't really know a cut and dry definition of the word. So I looked it up, and I found this. Autumn said I should post it here, so here it is. "Happiness is an emotion. So is sadness, love, hate, curiosity, revulsion, excitement, jealousy, contentment, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt and anger. All emotions have causes, causes which can be understood and controlled. The emotion of happiness is not caused simply by entertaining your whims. (Whims are an obstacle to happiness.) Happiness is not merely a life lived by accumulating moments of pleasure. On the contrary, happiness is a long lasting enduring enjoyment of life, it is being in love with living... Once you learn to have confidence in your own mind and once you discover the virtues that make it possible for you to achieve your values and that make your life worth living, then you will experience the result - an earned pride and a genuine self-esteem. And of course happiness." The article was very well written and if you'd like to read more of it here you go: http://www.drkenner.com/what_is_happiness.htm Dunno if that helps anyone, but I thought I'd share.