Beyond the worldly happiness that we are all seeking is equanimity. It is a deeper sense of contentment rather than the emotion of happiness which comes and goes. It is feeling satisfied that what I am doing is on the right track and that things will work out.
When we are calm and serene, we stop trying to change things that cannot be changed. We accept the adventure that life has thrown at us and we tend to respond better. There are challenges and change is a constant and we do not have to respond in a way that disturbs our emotions.
So that news program I am watching, does it calm me down? That football game or boxing match, does it calm me down? Am I experiencing tranquility on a regular basis or am I keeping myself so busy that I cannot possibly feel a sense of peace? If feeling content and satisfied is a priority, am I setting aside time to calm myself?
Now, imagine this at work. I am simply focused on what is important, the vision. I stop gossiping and surfing the web and looking at Facebook. I complain only when the complaint will result in positive action. I stop stirring up others and I walk away from things that stir me up, when possible.
Take it further and can I be grateful for having a job, despite obvious need for improvement? Can I see the good as well as the bad around me, acknowledge it for what it is and let it be?