It is a myth that one day, if we struggle and suffer enough, the Big Guy in the Sky will reward us for being so good and and miserable. On the contrary, struggling and suffering attract only more struggling and suffering. We can’t postpone our happiness by thinking that one day, if we slave away hard enough, we will get a big pat on the head and everything will end up like a wonderful fairy tale.
I am not saying that there isn’t pain in life. Being in the Physical guarantees pain of some sort of pain (as a warning system) at ever stage of life. But suffering and struggling are mental attitudes divorced from the actual sensation of pain. Struggling and suffering are all about “Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Life sucks!”
The pursuit of happiness is itself a dead end. Happiness is always in the present moment. If we are pursuing it, it means we are not in it. It is in the future. It is not now. This doesn’t work and we will end up like hamsters on a wheel, frantically and endlessly running after something that does not exist—because it is not in the present moment.