This is not me being an unnecessarily emotional teenager. The world is not about to end and I'm not about to go painting my nails black.
There is lots of hints that tell us that the world we perceive isn't entirely accurate. Take for example the saying that most everyone can relate to:
The investigative wizards at Freakonomics, charged with exploring "the hidden side of everything" (which either makes them a magician's best friend or worst nightmare) decided to investigate why it appears that so many around us are having such an easy time of things while we have to struggle.
The answer — which they identify as the "tailwind headwind asymmetry" — is things that make life more challenging garner lots of attention while things that make our lives easier (like, say, living in a democracy with freedom of expression and a very low child mortality rate) fade quickly into the background.
They also discuss a number of important cognitive biases and suggest useful ways of getting around them.
You can listen to the episode below:
Alternatively, you could just follow the advice from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and change your perception by changing your vocabulary: