Play Intelligently

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My Selfish Reasons for Wanting You To Be Happy -- So, Get Happy and Stay That Way!

Why do I want you to be happy? I have my reasons - some of them altruistic, and some of them selfish. Our country's happiness has flat-lined since the 1950's despite dramatic improvement in nearly every aspect of our lives. It's been said that for every want fulfilled, another emerges. In fact, entire industries have been created on this fact alone. One path we pursue to secure happiness is possessions. Do we need half of the stuff we own? At what point did we begin to belong to our belongings? We need to begin to distinguish what brings joy and happiness in every aspect of our lives...work, family, and friends.

"There is no one alive who is youer than you" - And Other Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

Fun is good. Could we all use a little more of it? We sure could. Dr. Seuss set out to liberate children's imaginations. Beginning with And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street to his classics The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and his final book Oh, The Places You'll Go, Ted Geisel dispensed merriment and wisdom. One of his enduring principles was to respect children's ability to understand the world around them and thus included life lessons in all his stories for kids of all ages. Seuss himself was a fascinating story. We'll explore the presidential source of his stage fright, the words he invented, the stories that personified Nixon and Hitler, and which book he wrote to accept a challenge of penning a story using just fifty words. So, come along as we visit the Jungle of Nool and McElligot's Pool, Katroo, Solla Sollew and a Ville called Who, Mulberry Street and the Valley of Vail, and many other places that don't receive mail. Sala-ma-Sond, Finnigan Fen, the Island of Gwark and other places we've never been. Where we end up, I really don't know, but oh the places we'll go.