So, if he is right, the question is: why are so many people not happy, or at least not happy with every aspect of their existence? We are alive, after all. What if the very fact of our existence on earth was a cause for celebration? The fact that we have the incredible gifts we have - amongst others, our ability to love and be loved, our capacity for compassion, our wisdom and our access to joy - should surely give cause for gratitude and celebration?
The reality, however, is that we tend to forget about those gifts (and all the others we have) when we realise we don't have as much money as we want, or our boss is nasty, or we aren't as pretty, tall, handsome, slim or olive-skinned as our neighbour, or we are ill, or feeling resentful, or experience evil in the world, and a myriad of other reasons.
What if we could simply be happy without our happiness having to be dependent on good fortune, chance, circumstance and others? What if we could be happy, just because we are alive. How might we then keep the other stuff in perspective?
It's not a bad thought, is it? The question I leave you with for now is: YBH? (Yes, but how?)