I'm feeling pretty chipper. How about you? I'm a firm believer that you don't actually need a reason to be happy, you can just be happy. David Brooks, via this blog post from Stuart Schneiderman, weighs in on the subject:
I’d rather think that elder happiness is an accomplishment, not a condition, that people get better at living through effort, by mastering specific skills. I’d like to think that people get steadily better at handling life’s challenges. In middle age, they are confronted by stressful challenges they can’t control, like having teenage children. But, in old age, they have more control over the challenges they will tackle and they get even better at addressing them.