How many years of misery would you tolerate in exchange for being happy the rest of your life?
Each of us is on the path to Enlightenment, whether we realize it or not. Enlightenment = Permanent Bliss. The length of the path is predicated on the present condition of the soul as it enters each incarnation. If one bears a great deal of karma that needs to be resolved before Pure Consciousness can be established permanently, the path will be longer.
No matter how lengthy the path, it is important to begin to meditate daily in order to speed up one's progress to the goal. Take care of the body, mind, and heart, and meditate to clear out stress/karma and stabilize Pure Consciousness.
Daily meditation leads to Enlightenment, Permanent Bliss, the goal of life. Peace to you!
All of it.
To quote Westley The Dread Pirate Roberts, "Life IS pain, your highness. Anyone telling you different is trying to sell you something."
Without pain there is no growth. You become Saitoma from One Punch Man. You become the genius afraid to take risks only doing tasks he knows he can do perfectly - never advancing into more messy (and more lucrative) areas like business ownership.
Also, it's an old curse: "May you live in interesting times." If your life is nothing but "misery" then it's actually fairly eventful! Terrible things happening all the time, yet... you survive it!
From the purely natural perspective, this would require knowing how many years "the rest of your life" entails, but in the light of eternity than we should be willing to endure a whole life of misery if it means eternity of bliss.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (Hebrews 11:24-25)
However, few only know even mostly negative things (though to hear many of us Americans, you would think we have nothing to be thankful for and only things to demand and complain about), while God makes negative things work out for good, ultimately for those who love light over darkness, and surrender to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in faith.
Jenna? Have you got a long game?
How could you possibly know that your suffering is leading up to years of happiness?
You have a significant amount of life insurance ready for when you commit the perfect murder on your other half, which wont be long now...
What if you get run over by a bus the day after?
Jenna, if your life is miserable I beseech you to find a way of bringing the sunlight in, find pleasure in the little things my dear girl and the little things will get bigger... xxxx
There's no such thing as being happy for the rest of your life. There's a thing called hedonic adaptation. You have a baseline for happiness. For some they are genetically prone to misery. They will chase happiness by spending money, buying their dream house, getting that perfect job, or perfect husband or wife and after all the excitement wears off, they go right back to their baseline of misery. Some people are naturally more content and they may enjoy certain things for a while or they may have terrible things happen that will effect them negatively for a time but then return to their baseline of being basically content. I don't think you can truly be happy without ups and downs. One does not exist without the other.
That would depend on how long it took me to recognise that misery is a reaction, which is ultimately in my control. Of course, there are many who are born into terrible conditions, but it is likely that they wouldnt even consider asking such questions as you have. It is a law of life, that it is difficult, if not impossible, to get answers if you dont ask questions.
My answer...there isnt a clock accurate enough to measure that time lag ....