I strive to be ‘happier’. I’ve read plenty of books on happiness, and follow the guidelines. I’m certainly grateful, I’m not materialistic, I have plenty of friends and like most of all of my extended families. I eat right and exercise, and play music for fun. Happily married, recently retired. I realize how lucky I’ve been in life. I just wish I was happier. I’m cool with that, I find happiness in working with people, accomplishing things. I like helping others and volunteer a fair amount. I just get irritated by stupidity and waste, greed or self centered behavior. Rudeness, carelessness... I see pictures of me as a kid and I was not an always smiling and happy kid, but I had a happy childhood, and was happy doing a million things. So I say some people have a predisposition for one side or the other. One note, there is a well documented life cycle effect, “the U bend” of happiness, that shows that people are happy as kids, and it drops to its lowest points in middle age, and as one gets older one gets happier. I’ll keep an eye on it.