Sometimes I think that we, that is * all* of us, try a little too hard at life. We get caught up in new technology, the excitement of complexity, and the drive for bigger and better things. But I think that it’s often not those things that make us the happiest. Many of my happiest moments are pretty straightforward. Sleeping in on a Sunday morning with my wife. Making my daughter giggle. Listening to a favorite record. Going for a walk on a sunny day. For example, that is why birthdays are so great because it’s a day where we allow ourself the time to indulge in the little things that make us happy: sleeping in, ice cream, birthday cake, and time with family and friends.