Happiness is helping one of your best friends put on a fun Pokémon–themed quest for his girlfriend. Then, retreating with your own girlfriend to an art deco café for a Cherry Ripe slice and a cup of coffee, with the rain lightly tapping the glass dome above the arcade where you sit.

2014 hasn’t brought much change for me so far, but what it has introduced is more clarity. And with that, a greater appreciation for the luck I do have and the people in my life. Times are challenging, and there are things I wish I had turned out better, but things are just so much better than before.

Happy Sunday.

As a scientist I ascribe fortuitous circumstances to the term luck, but that’s far less succinct and fun to say.

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