I was listening to an interview with an artist on the radio yesterday. She was asked about her basic life philosophy, and she said something along the lines of, "I think we're here to have a good time. I don't think we're here to suffer or anything like that."
I immediately thought: what a refreshing outlook! And to say it with such openness and ease. There are so many martyr-driven philosophies out there that just make no sense to me. Some believe that suffering is good, suffering builds character, or that suffering now leads to happiness in eternal life. Nonsense! A negative is a negative. What humans have is the ability to rationalize events to fit things in their worldview.
Given the choice between a positive and a negative event, who in their right mind who choose a negative event? I'll take all the positive events and good feelings I can get in this lifetime. Besides, positive feelings often mean you are acting in evolutionary-beneficial ways. So as long as I'm around, I say let the good times roll.