Here is a wise quote by Christopher Peterson from his book A Primer in Positive Psychology : "... some skeptics still believe that positive psychologists miss the "obvious" point that life is tragic. We are born, and then we die. What happens in between is short, brutish, and cruel." A bit later he goes on: "I disagree but will not belabor the point except to note that tragedy admits to gradations. Even if everything sucks, some things suck more than others, an irrefutable fact given how people actually behave if not what they say. We prefer some outcomes rather than others, pursue some goals rather than others, and desire some emotional states rather than others. Whether we label these preferred circumstances "positive" or "less sucky" then becomes a matter of semantics." What I like about this quote is that it acknowledges the importance of fluctuation. Being positive does not require you to believe in perfect happiness or Utopia at all. All that is required is to see the fluctuation Peterson mentions and to focus on amplifying those moments and circumstances that were better (this idea is visualized here). My view is that the goal of the solution-focused approach is NOT to achieve an ideal state, but, instead, to achieve a situation that is good enough (this can be quite good though).