Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.
— Edith Wharton37
For many, happiness is the ultimate treasure sought in Γ the quest for a full and satisfying life. Yet, as the above quotes suggest, our pursuit of happiness may be the primary obstacle to ever really experiencing it. This is indeed an odd and challenging characteristic of happiness.84
In his book You Can Be Happy No Matter What, best-selling author Richard Carlson insightfully discusses this challenge:
Happiness is a state of mind, not a set of circumstances. ...