Happiness is accepting and choosing life, not just submitting grudgingly to it. It comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment of our lives; we choose life at it is, with all its joys, pain and conflicts. Happiness is living and seeking the truth, together with others in community, and assuming responsibility for our lives and the lives of others.
It is accepting the fact that we are not infinite, but can enter into a personal relationship with the Infinite, discovering the universal truth and justice that transcends all cultures: each person is unique and sacred.
I have little trouble accepting each person as unique, but I often need help, Lord, to see each one as sacred. To paraphrase Mary Oliver, rip the darkness from my eyes.