Many consider ethics to be a set of agreements between people to make society more viable. However, seen from a universal view on life, ethics is the habitual pattern of the living cosmos itself. As everything is interconnected within this cosmos and cooperation is the norm, human ethics should reflect this cosmic pattern. In other words: ethics is logical and can be deduced.
When you live these universal ethics, your goals in life and the demands you make of life will change. Happiness is no longer based on the pursuit of gratifying your personal desires, but on the pursuit of optimising this cooperation. You will live from a notion of unity.
This is embodied wonderfully in the South-African philosophy of Ubuntu, based on the fact that we all belong together and cannot exist without one another.
A universal vision on life puts everything in a different light.