When practicing this philosophy , there is acceptance of life on life’s terms, rather than attempts to get life to mold into one’s desires. This acceptance leads to a happier existence. Though it is irrevocably true that people can control themselves, there is far more in life there is no control over (despite best attempts). People seek this control because of an ingrained belief that control will lead to more happiness. This is too often not the case, and often brings more suffering. As I’ve written in “ What Recovering Alcoholics Can Teach Us About Happiness ,” and “ Let Go, Be Happy ”, letting go of trying to control is a proven path to a happier existence.