There’s a fairly puritanical belief about suffering now and getting your reward in Heaven. That if you work hard now then there will be jam tomorrow. Don’t put happiness on hold. It is too precious an emotion to leave to a hope, that one day, if this goes well and that goes right, you will be in a position to experience or deserve happiness. Decide that there is happiness to be found in your life right now, today. Start looking for opportunities this very instant.