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The Quest for Happiness

Last night, a wise young lady caused me to reflect on the idea of happiness. It’s something that every sentient being desires. Your cat would like a full belly and a comfortable nap in the sun. Pet your dog and see how he responds. Does he close his eyes in bliss? A flower turns its face to the light. Even a bug scurries away from the threat of your shoe. So, if all sentient beings seek their own definition of happiness, why does the concept remain so elusive for human beings? Aren't we supposed to be the smart ones? Perhaps, to paraphrase a song, we’re “looking for (happiness) in all the wrong places.” Many times we allow Samsara (the Buddhist concept of discontent) to rule our decisions. W

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