Of course, the pursuit of happiness isn't all sunshine and rainbows and mugs of tea and smiling children. Sometimes we need to tackle our insecurities and weaknesses, and we can't just ignore our draining jobs and nagging relatives. But the practices here represent the other side of the coin, the one we often neglect: seeing, appreciating, and mobilizing the good.
During March of 2016, Disability Awareness Month, I was brought face-to-face with a child whose life will never be easy. I refuse, however, to dishonor his story and my story and the other stories of those with disabilities by cleaning up the jagged edges of our stories with a litany of "but" "but" "but."
Though both dark matter and dinosaurs are independently fascinating, you might reasonably assume that this unseen physical substance and this popular biological icon are entirely unrelated. And this might well be the case. But the Universe is by definition a single entity and in principle its components interact.