We are unhappy because we spend most of our time, money and attention on activities that tax, rather than soothe our minds. Too many choices and material abundance is another cause of our unhappiness. In the midst of ‘choice overload’, it is difficult to keep track of the desires and expectations. Expecting perfection in all situations appears to be good in theory but in practice it is a bad idea. Happiness has no logic and doesn’t follow any rule. The lure of happiness works best when we are under the illusion that the bliss will persist. But that doesn’t happen. We can’t be, and also not supposed to be, happy all the time.
Pascal said that the man’s unhappiness comes from his inability to stay in his room alone.