A novel way to achieve happiness

There was a phase in Bertrand Russell’s life when he was continually on the verge of suicide. He hated life. One day he discovered the meaning of “diminishing preoccupation with myself.” From that day onwards he began to deliberate less on his “sins, follies, and shortcomings.” He gradually learnt to be indifferent towards himself and his deficiencies. He directed his attention more towards the external world. Russell writes, “… the world may be plunged in war, knowledge in some direction may be hard to achieve, friends may die. But pains of these kinds do not destroy the essential quality of life, as do those that spring from disgust with the self.”