Doubting the sincerity of everyone’s motives, negativity and disbelief, sneering sarcasm and condescension are all elements of cynicism that have become institutionalised in our society. People often confuse cynicism with intellectual rigour, and happiness with unthinking stupidity. It is possible to question and evaluate life without losing optimism and kindness. Cynicism is a passive, disengaged activity. Anger and resentment that the world is not a better place do little to improve it and lead to learned helplessness and hopelessness. Happiness comes from engaging with life, determining what is good and worthwhile and improving what is less effective. Reject cynicism today.