Where does that crap come from anyway? Seriously.
I heard an Englishman on a radio program stating that Americans are eternal optimists and I think he's probably on to something. I think it's in our cultural DNA beginning with the Declaration of Independence; "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." on into the Manifest Destiniy, the Industrial Revolution and the "Shining City on a Hill" defining American exceptionalism. I think we run into trouble by listening to the pharmaceutical companies package "happiness" in pill form.