Does happiness require turning a blind eye to reality?

Does happiness require turning a blind eye to reality?

I’m often asked something along these lines – does happiness require turning a blind eye to reality?

And my answer is definitely “no”.

Happy people are undoubtedly more optimistic than those who experience less happiness but their optimism is not blind optimism. That is, those who experience real and meaningful happiness do look for positives but they also recognise and focus on the cold hard realities of the day.

People who experience real happiness don’t just focus on cold hard realities, however, they deal with them optimistically – that is, constructively and actively.

So happiness does not require dispensing with reality but rather, facing reality with a degree of positivity and a belief that with the right approach, things will turn out well more often than not.