"'Making the best of it' and 'enjoying the small things' is, alas, probably the best that anyone can come up with as a solution for coping with life. In spite of all their thinking and writing, it's all that, say, Schopenhauer and Camus could ever prescribe. But to complicate matters, when we do feel content or happy it's generally unplanned and the feelings come and go of their own accord for no real reason.
A serious problem comes when we realise that in order to actively achieve any sort of equilibrium, not to mention contentment or happiness, we are obliged to put on the narrow blinkers and shut out the almost unquantifiable misery of the world. For a serious person, trying to forget that we live in a world where 25,000 people die of hunger every day, 1,000,000 people a year commit suicide, wars rage endlessly, global poverty exists etc etc in order to enjoy a good novel, piece of music or a movie can be a bit forced.
Is it moral to be happy in a world like this?"