Are you seeking happiness? This goal is an illusion. It is the temporary quieting of despair, anger and fear. Our outer world does not contain happiness, not in a true permanent sense. This is the trap of existence. Happiness is transitory, just as everything in the world is transitory. Are you seeking this feeling of happiness through buying, consuming, focusing on money or distracting yourself in outside pursuits? These are not wrong, but they will bring the opposite of happiness.
If happiness is an illusion, what are you seeking then? You are seeking the inner mind. You are seeking truth. You are seeking the truth that only the mind's perception alters the outer world and changes reality. With the responsibility of truth, comes peace. With inner peace comes happiness, because happiness can only be found as a byproduct of peace.
Accept the truth that how you see the world and others is how you are perceived, and how the world will come to be perceived. The inner peace that comes from truth, dispels anger and despair. When you are at peace, you can perceive and respond with love, which changes the world to a more loving place in turn, and brings moments of happiness.
Always remember, your inner perceptions will change the outer world as an aftereffect. If you are doing it backwards, you allow an insane world to shape your perceptions, which keeps you in despair, seeking a way "out". In turn, you will continue to feed anger, despair and fear, perpetuating it in the outer world. Outer "reality" reflects the inner mind. With so many seeking happiness in the world, is it any surprise we live in a world of lack, chaos and fear? Your thoughts?