Eckhart Tolle 1

“Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.”

Suffering is desiring that which is not on our menu of immediate choices. When we are suffering we are not happy.

If nothing on the menu makes us happy, we can choose ingredients from different line items and cook up something that does. Alternatively, we can just laugh off our situation (how stupid, ugly and selfish of us take our desires seriously in light of how fortunate we are). Laughter dissipates pain and suffering which then allows us the opportunity to be happy.

The foundation of happiness is gratitude for our good fortune and optimism that all will be better.