Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to approach the “pursuit of happiness.”
He mentions that many people pursue happiness by trying to removing all the unwanted things in their life, like pulling weeds out of the garden. The effect is an endless cycle of trying to pulling out weeds, which can lead to exhaustion and burn out.
He suggests “planting flowers” instead, which is actively trying to create more joy and happiness in the world, and appreciating the happiness that already exists. Eventually the flowers of happiness can outnumber the weeds of problems.