What is the Option Method/How Unhappiness happens/Why are people unhappy?

In this lecture, Bruce Di Marsico introduces the Option Method.

The Option Method helps people who want to be happier examine why they believe they need to be unhappy. It was not created to force anyone to be happy. It discusses how unhappiness is founded on the judgment that “this is, indeed, a reason to be unhappy”, and that people would not choose to be unhappy if they did not feel that they had to be.

Two of the foundations of this feeling of having to be unhappy are the beliefs that “Anyone like me would get unhappy about this,” and “I am going to have to feel a way I don’t want.”

Option Method – How Unhappiness happens