The purpose of life ;
When we speak of this inner discipline, it can of course involve many things, many methods. But generally speaking, one begins by identifying those factors which lead to happiness and those factors which lead to suffering. Having done this, one then sets about gradually eliminating those factors which lead to suffering and cultivating those which lead to happiness. That is the way.
If we utilise our favourable circumstances, such as our good health or wealth, in positive ways, in helping others, they can be contributory factors in achieving a happier life. And of course we enjoy these things – our material facilities, success and so on. But without the right mental attitude, without attention to the mental factor these things have very Little impact on our long-term feelings of happiness. For example, if you harbour thoughts or intense anger somewhere deep down within yourself, then it ruins your health; thus it destroys one of the factors.
The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.