Here a few questions for you from Mari Ruti in her essay "Happiness and Its Discontents" from the Chronicle of Higher Education--
Why, exactly, is a healthy and well-adjusted life superior to one that is filled with ardor and personal vision but that is also, at times, a little unhealthy and maladjusted? Might some of us not prefer lives that are heaving with an intensity of feeling and action but that do not last quite as long as lives that are organized more sensibly? Why should the good life equal a harmonious life? Might not the good life be one that includes just the right amount of anxiety?
It's an interesting and thought-provoking piece. Link from Arts & Letters Daily.