Thomas Jefferson wrote in the declaration of independance "the pursuit of happiness". To him was that all happiness is is a pursuit? Perpetually looking for greener pastures. Indeed Jefferson kept adding on and on to his home (Monticello), constantly trying to create the perfect home. Is happiness something that always lies just beyond our grasp? Something that will happen tomorrow if only I get that promotion, the perfect job, the perfect women?Does happiness lie in chemical structures in the brain? I once read a modern philosopher say that "happiness is dopamine" Does happines lie in a pill, such as serotonin reuptakes (Paxil, Prozac)? Roger Waters sang in the song "Time", "waiting for someone or something to show you the way". Is happiness just ordinary state of contentment and nothing more? I think most would agree that anyone who walks around constantly grinning and lauging is madman. I once read that people who appear to be happy all the time do so out of ignorance, ego or evil or possibly all three. I think most would agree that life has it ups and downs and "happiness' is a fleeting thing. A giggle at a joke, going down a waterslide on a hot summer day or a state of mind created by too many beers. I guess I will just count my blessing and settle on contentment.