Tipped by a friend on Facebook I bought an ebook by Oliver Burkeman with the wonderful title ”The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking”. What about this:
The point here is not that negative capability is always superior to the positive kind. Optimism is wonderful; goals can sometimes be useful; even positive thinking and positive visualisations have their benefits. The problem is that we have developed a habit of chronically overvaluing positivity and the skills of ”doing”, in how we think about happiness, and that we chronically undervalue negativity, and the ”not-doing” skills such as resting in uncertainty or getting friendly towards failure.
A good reminder for the coming year.