Drum-roll for this quote puh-lease:
And I'd like to add that I think such self-development makes us happy in itself.
Not everything we work towards we do simply for happiness (when you mean happiness to be a state of pleasure and contentment). Good things can be hard, uncomfortable, even distasteful!
Sometimes the happiness comes along the way while you are developing your self. Sometimes it comes in moments of relief from struggle.
What makes you happy? (Slash who makes you happy?) Those are good things to put effort into. (Funny that we don't always associate happiness with work, but you become happier when you work at the right things.)
Just thought I'd share this nice tidbit from the 1700's!
P.S. Anyone like Wicked? "Happiness is what happens when all your dreams come true. Well, isn't it?"