Design For Life

As I’ve grown older, I seem to have lost all joy in life

This week, psychologist Louize Carroll advises a reader on how to escape a consistently grumpy, negative frame of mind

The implicit rule that forms inside someone predisposed to grumpiness might be: how can we be joyous about frivolous things when life for others is burning to the ground?

Dear Expert,

I want to be happier and more positive. I have found that as I’ve gotten older, I have become grumpier. It started with small things, and over time I’ve become negative about almost everything. I tend to wake up in a bad mood and then struggle to get past it. I exercise regularly and eat well. I have hobbies, friends and a good career. I don’t believe I am depressed. But I can’t ...