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  1. Bonis, Susan A. PhD, RN


This article is an example of the use of narrative in the form of a memoir to explore the humanly lived experience of contentment. The humanbecoming school of thought provided a philosophical foundation and theoretical framework for this hermeneutic interpretation of Dawn Prince-Hughes' published memoir, "Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism." The findings-contentment is enduring serenity unfolding with inspiring unburdening as cherished convictions arise amid disharmony answer the research question: what is contentment as humanly lived? This study enhances knowledge about contentment as quality of life.