Original ArticlesContentment in “Songs of the Gorilla Nation My Journey through Autism” A Humanbecoming Hermeneutic StudyBonis, Susan A. PhD, RNAuthor Information Bryant & Stratton College, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Correspondence: Susan A. Bonis, PhD, RN, Bryant & Stratton College, 10950 West Potter Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 ([email protected]) ([email protected]). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2012 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 273-283 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182626076 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.