Come take a journey with Jack and me and tell me in the comments section what YOU are happy about today.
Level 1 "Happiness derived from material objects and the pleasure they can provide." This level of happiness is solely related to instant gratification. For me it's a warm dessert after dinner or a bike ride on breezy, spring afternoon. For Jack it was the simple car ride downtown. We reached level 1 of the downtown parking garage and his happiness was short-lived. We'd arrived at our destination, but a photo shoot in a parking garage was not what he had anticipated. The car ride was fun, but he wanted more.
(On this particular day I think Jack would have been elated if he could achieve the goal of hitting the elevator button that would transport him more quickly to the sights and sounds of the heart of the city:-)).
Level 3 "Happiness derived from doing good and making the world a better place." In my opinion, that's what Jack was put on this earth to do. The joy he brings to strangers we meet on our strolls downtown is magnetic. I feel extremely HAPPY when someone takes the time to pet him and he melts into their hands, leans against their legs, and offers them a moment of stress-relieving comfort. We are most happy when we choose to do good for others. I think I need to get Jack certified as a therapy dog so we can start giving back in a small way to those in need.