“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln
When you stop, sit back and think about it for a second, which is often hard to do in this go-go society that we live in, there are so many reasons to be happy.
To take the simple comparison of say what it was like to live 150 years ago in Lincoln's day.
Then: Mail took days or even weeks to get to simply another state.
Today: It takes nanoseconds to get your message to someone via email.
Then: Something like the measles or the flu could kill you.
Today: Flu-related deaths are a rarity and I can't recall a recent death due to the measles.
Then: If we go back a few decades further - it took Lewis & Clark over THREE YEARS to get from St. Louis to basically what is the outskirts of Seattle today!
Today: The same trip via car could land you in Seattle in under two days assuming you drive in shifts. Even if you took breaks to rest each night and an hour to go site-seeing each day you could easily make the same trip in under a week. Let's not even mention a one-way airplane ticket (4 hours since I mentioned it).
I guess the point is there are so many things we can be thankful for and happy about given that we live in such an advanced time and age.
Who knows, 150 years from now I can only imagine what human descendants complaints will be like for how unhappy they are. If we could peek into the future we'd probably laugh about what they consider to be the major problems of the day.