We can always find something to be unhappy about. It’s not hard. Or clever.
We can always point to circumstances or situations which are sub-optimal (or just downright shitty) and say “that’s why I’m not happy”.
But where does that get us?
How does it help (us or others)?
How does it make things better?
We can, and should, find what is good and amplify it.
We can, and should, find what is bad and mitigate it.
But there is very little value in tethering our happiness even to these noble projects. They’re still external and outside of our complete control.
To be happy, even in the dark times – we should work to improve our character – our own interface with the world.
Can we stay calm when things get hectic?
Can we stay humble and grateful when things go our way?
Can we stay brave when things get scary?
Can we keep moving forward – one step at a time?
Can we keep striving to make things better?
If we work on our character – our reactions and interactions with an imperfect, unfair and indifferent world – then we always have something worthwhile to work on.
Our progress and growth can always be a source of satisfaction and drive since they are within our complete control.
Then we always have a something to be happy about, even when things are rough.