When I was younger, I always thought that unhappy people were somehow smarter than happy people.
That unhappy people had this special insight that the brain-dead happy people weren't smart enough to perceive.
I no longer think that. Quite the opposite, in fact."-Hugh Macleod
I love this cartoon and description by cartoonist Hugh Macleod. Having shared the same view when I was younger, I thought happy people were nuts and always faking it. Now I realize that it's the people who smile through the tough times who gets things done. It's hard sometimes to see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially living in a materialistic world where goals and material things meant self worth and happiness.
On a personal note, I went through depression a few times when I was younger. I know what it is like to go on a downhill spiral and viewing the world as a dark place. No one deserves to stay in that condition. With that being said, as easy as it is said that "it all starts with the mind" we forget our self worth when things seem to go against our way. It is important to have an attitude of "applied positivity". I'm not saying to be bubbly and smile 24/7. That's just not realistic and downright annoying. Applied positivity is similar to looking inside you and finding that inner power to get through tough times. When you fall down, you get back up. That's the secret of life.