A recent TIME article has noted an interesting backlash of sorts building against the happiness movement. It is argued that a good degree of melancholy is good for you. It's what propels you to go to back to school when you are dissatisfied with your life, it propels you to action. Look at Abe Lincoln, Mozart, and Woody Allen just to name a few. Why are the melancholy famous and talented? Is a person who is too happy just dumb? One observation I found interesting in the article was the mentioning that college students will show up at the university clinic wanting to be prescribed zoloft because they broke up with their boyfriend/girlfriend. Yes, that is just soooooooooooo crushing. Have we had enough of our soma? So, how much happiness is enough? Is it good to have a healthy doese of melancholy? Who is to say that having a lot of it is bad? I don't know-I justknow the "self-improvement," the prescription drug mood culture, and the happinesss movement in general is in need of a big downer.