We're generally overconfident in our opinions and our impressions and judgments.
One thing we have lost, that we had in the past, is a sense of progress, that things are getting better. There is a sense of volatility, but not of progress.
Organizations may be better able to tame optimism than individuals are.
You know, the standard state for people is 'mildly pleasant.' Negative emotions are quite rare, and extremely positive emotions are rare. But people are mildly pleased most of the time, they're mildly tired a lot of the time, and they wish they were somewhere else a substantial part of the time - but mostly they're mildly pleased.
People are really happier with friends than they are with their families or their spouse or their child.
If there is time to reflect, slowing down is likely to be a good idea.