Happiness is essentially the process of becoming honest with yourself and the world.
You see yourself for who you are: good, but imperfect, and capable but not beyond error.
You see that the world is a good place, but not a perfect place.
You accept that billions of things will happen in your presence during your lifetime, and that not all of them will be exactly what you wanted them to be.
You understand that your mood is the product of your reactions to external forces, not the forces themselves.
- from Edward Harran