I taught a class on happiness to my friends, and one thing that came up was that the topic was seen as sort of trivial. I found that really weird. It was seen as some sort of sickness of Western consumerist individualism. Happiness seems to me the most un- trivial thing to talk about or think about. I think itís really worthy of investigation. Pretty much everything that people do, in one way or another, is done in the interest of trying to be happy. So it doesnít seem like a bad idea to spend a bit of oneís time thinking about it.