Hi all, and thanks for your replies. I think this is a very interesting topic as we all have different ideas on what it takes to be happy or at least content. When I think about it for the most part my children do bring me great joy and have always been there for me when I have problems. It's not always perfect but they are the most important thing in my life. I think it's true that as we get older it is harder to be truly happy. And I also think if my depression did not get in the way I would feel much differently. I think the best I can strive for is contentment and cherish those few moments of real hapiness and joy. I realize every day cannot be perfect but I will try to take pleasure in small things. I realize I am in a better position than many people.I hope more of you will post on this thread so we can all benefit from everyone's ideas.