I think I have finally figured out the key to happiness, that apparently everyone but me was privy to long ago:
1. Do not talk about social issues/politics to anyone- even mentioning current events in passing has elicited much vitriol and resulted in personal attacks
2. Do not talk about myself unless asked, and then keep it short and to the point- no one wants the full story, I am not that interesting
3. Do not talk about work- no one understands my field or my job and they don't care
4. Do not ask anyone for favors- they don't want to do them and they feel put on the spot when asked, just take care of it myself
Am I forgetting anything?