Re: Does anxiety detract from happiness?
This makes some sense. Anxiety, for example, can easily be more life-affirming than depression because anxiety can be expressed as a high level of concern about something deemed positive. Such anxious concern can be often seen in game show contestants. In contrast, suicidal ideation is inherent at a certain level of depression.
To summarize, anxiety can result from playing a game too seriously while depression is the feeling that the game is over.
Of course, this is just a big generalization. An extremely high level of chronic anxiety could easily be more painful than a moderate level of acute depression.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson