Although most people rate themselves as happy, there is a wealth of evidence to show that negative thinking is deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Experiments show that we remember failures more vividly than successes. We dwell on what went badly, not what went well. When life runs smoothly, we’re on autopilot—we’re only in a state of true consciousness when we notice the stone in our shoe.
For me, happiness is a warm pun. There, I’m happy.
Earlier: The Mathematics of Love