Nothing is ever as good as it looks or as bad as it seems.
Yet we still squeeze out the last drop of drama by demonizing people and circumstances that have disappointed us. (see social media)
And, despite common sense, we go on to deify other people, allowing our expectations to soar out of the range of possible fulfillment.
The happiest people I know are people who look at the world without illusion, who know that all of us are terribly inconsistent and fallible, who treat good news and bad news the same without jumping to dramatic conclusions, and who build structures of happiness on the inside rather than the outside.
It’s taken me way too long to learn this but I am inching my way there.