We think that it means, particularly the next generation of teenagers, that we should be happy all the time.
This isn’t true.
If you talk to a devoted multi-generational firefighter, they are not always happy. Even if they love being a firefighter, firefighters have to do work that is really hard to do. That’s what makes being a firefighter.
The pursuit isn’t for happiness but for something more meaningful and lasting. Something bigger than ourselves that we can be lost in.