To Happiness via Suffering

The best things in life we take for granted. Suffering can awaken us to this truth which can lead us to happiness.

Suffering is when we desire that which is not available. When we suffer, we can have flash recollections of  how relatively fortunate we were before our suffering. Moreover, we can realize that even in our suffering we have much for which to be thankful as our current circumstances could always be worse. This is gratitude.

As well, we can take solace in knowing that our suffering will at some point come to an end as all things  are constantly subject to change, hopefully for the better. This is optimism.

Gratitude and optimism are two of the three pillars of happiness.