This is a very compelling study of American's obsession with being "happy" and the author has some really good points about why we should re-think this trend. The only thing that annoyed me some is that he uses big words quite a lot so I had to have the dictionary handy. Still, that didn't keep me from getting quite a bit from this little book. If you've every "battled" depression or bad moods, this is an important book for you to read. Especially if you consider yourself spiritual. I highly recommend it because it helps bring understanding and acceptance to the normal range of human joy and sorrow - and explains what can be lost if we settle for "content" or "happy".