It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
The first duty of love is to listen.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, no matter how clever you are. It is the great secret.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal … The sense of well-being derived from “a noble purpose” may provide cellular health benefits, whereas “simple self-gratification” may have negative effects, despite an overall perceived sense of happiness, researchers found.
“… understanding why so many religious rituals contain an element of suffering, and why extreme rituals persist for centuries.”
Taking part in extreme, painful rituals increases prosocial behaviours and attitudes, including making people more charitable.