Let it be known that I do not have dreams with happy endings. I generally don't have what could be called nightmares, either, but the only dreams that I remember are anxiety dreams. The most common one involves my trying to get somewhere important--to campus, to a conference, to the hospital--but running into obstacle after obstacle as it gets later and later and later. Or I arrive somewhere, discover that I'm completely unprepared, and have to wing it--whether "it" be a class, a job interview, or even a social encounter. Infrequently, but maybe once a year, I have a dream in which I'm getting married: I'm actually at the church when I realize that this is absolutely the wrong move and the wrong person, and so I run around trying to figure out if I can stop the process.
I have dreams like this ALL THE TIME, regardless of what might be going on in my waking life or whether there's even any conscious source of stress. And really, unless there's a particularly novel twist, I don't think about them much; they're just psychic wallpaper.
But in the last few weeks, many of the dreams that I've remembered have had some kind of unexpectedly happy ending--they start out as anxiety dreams, but at the last moment, things get resolved. I do get to wherever I'm going, and in just enough time. I do manage to change someone's mind about an important decision. I do avoid marrying that seemingly great but inexplicably wrong guy (in last night's case, one of my colleagues [!]).
I don't believe that dreams have any predictive power, but I do wonder what these particular ones might reveal about my subconsciousness.
I mean. . . it has to be good, right?