Nancy Etcoff begins talking about how depression and anxiety is rising, in the united states, there are more suicides and homicides, and the world health organization predicts that in the year 2020 that depression will be the second largest cause of disability. But apparently three quarters of people will say they are happy.
Freudian pessimism says that pursuit of happiness is doomed and that one feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of creation.
Etcoff explains how we have both a positive and a negative system, and that our negative system is extremely sensitive. For example people hate to lose more than they love to win, the marriage formula is that for every negative thing you have to do 5 positive, that is how strong the negative one is, and the stress response overkill, which is something that most people have done and it is that when we are very stressed out because we had a bad day or something and out of nowhere we burst into rage and this sometimes affects the people around us. But unfortunately we need this system because if we were governed only by pleasure seeking we would not survive. The new science of happiness tells us that happiness and unhappiness are not endpoints of a single continuum, and that happiness is not simply the absence of misery, a fact intuitively obvious to anyone who has ever felt happy