Happiness is not an unwavering state of exhilaration. That kind of fantasy may happen in fairy tales, but since fairy tales come to an abrupt end just before the happily-ever-after part, we’ll never know. Keep in mind, there are also those who say that without a contrast of emotions we can’t really life a satisfying life. If you dwell only on sadness day after day, your life becomes shallow and meaningless; but the same is true of unflappable perkiness. Neither state of extreme mood if prolonged is emotionally healthy, and both will prevent you from achieving your potential and discovering what is meaningful about your existence. In either case, professional mental health workers can really help you to get unstuck, face and resolve your challenges, and take responsibility for living the kind of life you want to be living.