Happiness isn’t something to attain or achieve, but something to notice. If you are busy trying to achieve happiness, you are probably overlooking it. The ego tries to get happiness from doing, having, or being someone, while the spiritual ego tries to get it from transcending all of that. For the ego, spiritual freedom, or enlightenment, is just another thing to be achieved. Wanting happiness and freedom from the suffering of the ego are worthwhile desires. The problem is that wanting anything implies you don’t already have it. You believe you aren’t free when you already are. You believe you need to do something to be happy, and you don’t. This truth is very difficult for the ego to grasp. The ego doesn’t notice the happiness that is already present in the moment because that happiness doesn’t look like the ego imagines or wants happiness to look.
Lake, Gina (2009-04-19). What About Now? Reminders for Being in the Moment (p. 126). Endless Satsang Foundation. Kindle Edition.