Your points are very good ones MasterMischief. A question still remains though. The universe delivers pain and suffering without our help. Happiness will no more extinguish, than the suffering of reality itself. Earthquakes will crush, volcanoes will burn, tornadoes will rip. There is no shortage of suffering for us to help one another and discover happiness. Eating will bring death.
What of the suffering we choose though? Are we doing the right thing to accept a person who does more harm than good and preserve them at the expense of life? Is that a proper happiness? Isn't it fair, and probably even proper, to allow ourselves the mourning of freedom misused?