You can’t always make yourself happy

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

This post from The Science of Us takes a look at the subject of happiness and the over-emphasis on how we “should” all be happy and how obtaining happiness is “easy”, when the reality is quite the opposite.

Clearly anyone in the happiness trade has a strong financial incentive to at the very least play up the amount of agency we have over our own well-being and to play down the elements that we are unable to change. Positive psychology almost defiantly downplays the role of our life circumstances in our happiness. In contrast, it emphasizes to the max the ability of the individual to radically alter his or her own levels of contentment by sheer effort and force of will.

Full post here.