Accidentally fell on this article, which correlates with my lifelong perception of the world, that religious and "happy" people can fly right by problems in society and not take note of them, and assume everything is just fine! Whereas moderately grumpy people are actually much more in-tune with the realities of the world. Does that qualify us as depressed, NO, just realists! Of course living in Lalaland will put a smile on your face!
Depressive Realism: Happiness or Objectivity
Cognitive Distortions in Psychologically Healthy People
Despite the major assumption that psychologically healthy people are quite capable of evaluating reality, contradictory evidence has been published since the 1970s. To illustrate, Hendrick and Ugwuegbu (1974), Langer and Roth (1975), and Larwood (1978) reported that non-depressed people have some distortions in the perception of reality. Non-depressed people were reported to be prone to perceiving they had illusory control over their circumstances, even over completely random events. Langer (1975) referred to this notion as illusion of control. Similarly, it was reported that non-depressed people tend to attribute their success to internal factors and to attribute failure to external factors, which is known as self-serving bias (Miller and Ross, 1975). Ross (1977) reported that non-depressed people overwhelmingly attribute the causes of behavior to the individual, without considering contextual variables. The results of similar studies show that non-depressed (normal) people are overly optimistic about themselves and think that they have control over life¾that they underestimate the probability of the occurrence of unwanted negative future events (Taylor and Brown, 1988).