How do we handle suffering and still be happy?
Equanimity. I used to handle the sadness and trauma of my career by emotionally shutting down. I simply endured too much. The problem is that you can't simply numb one aspect of your life.
A mindfulness practice helps. I sustain the passion but recognize that much is out of my control. It allows me to keep the Karuna (compassionate action).
"Equanimity allows you to open your heart and offer love, kindness, compassion, and rejoicing, while letting go of your expectations and attachment to results."
Enjoy the article! https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/calm-within