I know a guy who likes to write and is working on a novel about an old man who works in an orchard until some buggy aliens come through the universe, destroying everything and everyone.
He said, "And it doesn't have a happy ending. Everyone dies."
I said, "Yeah. But I think you should focus on making it seems like there's hope throughout the story UNTIL you kill everyone off at the end so it has a stronger impact. You're focused on having everyone die but I think there's room for a lot more misery in this story than just that."
Because I like doing my part.
To make things better?