Perspectives on goals, values, and what defines them are as different from person to person, as people are unique unto themselves as a group. That being said, as different as we all are, common threads of experience run through all of our lives. Some of those threads are fact-based, while others are meaning-based. It is at the boundary between those two areas where life gets interesting.
Yes, you can make yourself happy
If you have ever been to a self-help seminar or a talk by any of the gurus of happiness, you have heard how important positive thinking is, the value of positivity, etc. Well, back in 2004 Barbara L Fredrickson from University of Michigan wrote a paper on the theory of positive emotions. During her research, she discovered how negative emotions affect peoples’ minds. Her results indicated that: