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Maybe life isn't about just being happy. It's a nice concept, but I think there's got to be more to it. Maybe it's about making your time here count, even if it means being unhappy for a while: being useful--even if it's inconvenient, being generous--even if it costs you, compassionate--even if it's naive, and being a catalyst for growth...even if change hurts. Perhaps overall, these things bring the happiness we've always been taught to seek...but by a far more selfless (and therefore rewarding?) path.

I don't for a second believe that we are called to "look out for #1", and I'd imagine those who do are often left lonely, bitter and unfulfilled, tirelessly pursuing the next microwavable happy-snack.

As a kid, I remember learning the hard way that the treadmill's magical moving floor doesn't ever stop. I started 'er up, I played, I fell, I hurt. And I kept hurting, until mom-to-the-rescue came and unplugged that evil machine and…

Ben Stein's view on...a lot.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession : I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a crèche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting …