People, like me, can be fickle. When it’s hot and sunny, I rather it be cool and cloudy. When it’s cold and depressing, I miss the brightness of the sun.
I remember reading on Scientific American Mind some while back, that the more options you get the less happy you are. So in a way the more “free” you are the less happy you are.
This brings a lot of things into perspective doesn’t it. How we, I, as free as we are to choose may possibly be less happy than someone that was only given one choice. This is to say that the concept of freedom and choice (or perhaps the “western” concept of freedom and choice), doesn’t equate to happiness.
Of course I’m not saying that all the options given will allow you to have happiness. I believe if the choices are similar, for example the choice of soda, then if one person was only given one option, while the other was given two. Data shows that the person given only one option would be happier.
This is not to say, I’m not grateful of the many choices and options I’m presented with in life.