Matt, I love this piece, particularly your use of illustrative quotes. Thank you. I’ve always been blessed with an inherent optimism and upbeat attitude. I am even going to do some research on the possibility of genetic links to happiness and optimism, but being grateful for what we have is a huge, uplifting way of life. I wrote about this when I wrote about my Dad’s persistent saying, day in and day out, “Aren’t we fortunate that….” My best to you!