8. Happiness Starts from within
It will be cynical to assume that happiness is only based on the spiritual side of life.
Family and friends, music, books, hobbies, all of these form part of your journey. However, you cannot enjoy anything if you are not happy internally.
Once you reach happiness from within it will manifest outside in the people and things that make life worth living.
This is also why meditation is such a significant practice for Monks because it helps to cultivate peace from the inside out, and when you become more in touch with your true self, the happier you will feel.
Part 9 tomorrow.