Criticality is a delicate thing; a little bit is vital, since you are able to avoid errors that come from wearing rose-colored glasses. However, too much criticality can lead to cynicism and mitigate against your happiness.
Criticality should have a practical arm to it. It should be useful. Ask yourself these questions:
- Can I use this critical view in some way?
- Will it improve my life in some way?
- How can I apply this critical knowledge?
These are good guiding principles.
For example, if you’re buying a house, you want to have a critical eye to a certain degree. What does the loan look like? What type of interest rate are you getting? Does the house have any structural damages that you should know of?
If you are choosing a mate, does this person align with my life goals? Does this person meet your qualities for a partner? Are you ready to get married?
Once you have made these assessments and they work in your favor, then you should move forward. Don’t bother thinking about them again. Where people get lost is when they make criticality a defacto thought process, as opposed to a means to an end. Continual criticality will lead to pessimism; in turn, this will lead to negativity and misery.
Criticality is a tool. It should allow us to be happy – not prevent us from finding our bliss.