I have spent years teasing apart in my mind how humans can find true and sustained happiness in their lives. And, how does this happiness affect the whole community? This concern takes on new relevance as Americans engage in an intense political debate.
What I ultimately found was that there is a core part in all of us that I call the “essential self” that we typically turn away from in childhood, and have long forgotten by the time we are young adults. Some of the qualities of our essential self are peace, happiness, a sense of connectedness, a sense of freedom, and love.