"Are you happy?"
That's what I recently asked a seasoned colleague and friend. I expected not a simple no answer but a qualified yes, as I had gotten from the many others to whom I had posed this question in the past.
"I guess I am as happy as one can be, given what is going on in the world," he replied dismissively.
"And prior to now?" He was obviously reluctant.
"Well, you know I have a good job -- though I could use a little more money; I have a great wife -- though she could make a little more time for me; I have great children -- though they could be a little more thoughtful; I am in good...