The laws of thermodynamics say happiness is a choice

There’s an old joke about the laws of thermodynamics, a set of laws to explain how our physical world behaves. It goes something like this:

Zeroth: You must play the game.

First: You can’t win.

Second: You can’t break even.

Third: You can’t quit the game.

This sums up the human perception of reality fairly well. You’re born. You must play the game. You try to make life better by winning. There is no such thing as winning for someone else…