I heard about this the other day: the proposal to include "happiness" in the long list of mental disorders. Needless to say, a lot of people are somewhat put off by the suggestion. Mental disorders are bad things, right? No one wants to be obsessive compulsive, but everyone wants to be happy.
Fortunately for this doctor (and humanity in general), science is not based on what people simply want. There is a system for deciding these things. The biggest factor that helps prove that happiness is a disorder is the simple fact that happiness is not normal. It's more abnormal than unhappiness.
I shy away from stating simply that I'm a "happy person." I'd rather just say, "Things are good right now." I can be content, excited, or laughing my ass off at something, but that does not equal happiness. The state of happiness is this rarely attainable emotion that, as soon as the thought "I'm happy" enters my head, I panic and know that it's all downhill from there. Then I'm no longer happy. I'm anxiously trying to regain the happy and kicking myself for letting something so stupid as my mind interrupt it.
|On my moving day over two years ago. Happy as a clam that David was there to help me move. Not so happy about the move itself.|
Any thoughts on this? Do you think happiness should be a mental disorder?