Two good friends of mine in the speaking business wrote a book a while back about using your funny bone. One is a professional comedienne. Their point- which I love and have used to great effect- is that when you’re in the middle of the shits, ask yourself what your favorite comedian would do with this material. For me that was Robin Williams, and still is. While I‘m not as good at this as I’d like, what I’ve found is that many times when the poo hits the fan I can dip a spoon into that perspective and make fun of what ails me. Humor is our best weapon- for all things in fact- and while I absolutely agree with you about suffering, learning to embrace it and rise above it is a whole other category of being. I am at best a struggling Buddhist practitioner; it appeals to me vastly more than most other lines of study. I read daily from The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.
Without pain we can’t grow. I wrote another article about this very thing a while back: https://medium.com/@jhubbel/we-could-not-exist-in-paradise-2c73b223d428. Goes to the heart of your argument. In other words, hear hear. Thanks for your comments.