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The Happiness Theory

Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem, “A Dream Deferred” 


What does it mean to be happy?

Does happiness come from being around the right people?

Does it come from the quality of one’s life?

Does it come from the life fully examined?

Or does it come from the life unexamined?

Perhaps, it’s the joy people find
Once they realize that everything
That has ever happened to them
Has occurred with a purpose,
For a reason,

That serendipity pursues
Those who actively seek it,

Because happiness is not a formula,
But rather,
The complete surrender to the unknown,

And the acceptance of even the unfortunate

As a blessing

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