I think happiness is a state of mind. If you learn to control your mind, you know the way to be happy.
If your mind tells you: “You don’t have this – you don’t have that?” Ask your mind in return: “Which of these are irrevocable?” Anything that is irrevocable is the “death of a near one”. Rest all can be achieved with persistence and patience.
You CAN achieve anything, even in toughest times, only if you tame your mind to be patient and calm. Inner peace is EVERYTHING – none but YOU can achieve it. No guru can help you get that if you decide that you can’t be happy. So learn to tell yourself: All is in control. I can handle this – I CAN! Then see the magic.
None but myself has taught me this.
Despite all the “nothings” in life, one should learn to feel blessed for “whatever” he / she owns – I have learnt this lately – But I am glad I did. Nobody is completely deprived of “everything” – I bet.