Casting flippancy aside, it is vital to be happy in life. Life can be a bitch. It often is, for most, at least part of the time. What is required is a proactive approach to being happy coupled with some degree of detachment. The latter is hard to do, easy to preach. Being happy can be, more scientifically spoken of as being in a state of emotional well-being. Contentment is a key factor.
It is normal to want. Economies function on the premise that humans have wants. I say to you, want what is within reach. Forget the rest. Satisfy your normal human urges if you so desire; if meditation and renunciation make you happy, then do that. As we know it, we have one life, make the most of it. Keeping the ones you love the most close to your heart, loving them, being loved in return goes a long way. Quality time goes a long way. Solitude goes a long way. And yes, wealth also goes a long way. It is also important to keep toxic persons outside your orbit. People who make you feel negative, who exude negativity and poison are no good for you. Get rid of them. If you cannot physically rid yourself of them detach mentally. Works!
When you are happier, you are healthier. Tension levels being lower, your vital signs are better, your body responds to the environment more positively, and coping mechanisms are more effective. Behaviours considered to be socially deviant do not manifest themselves. Happiness and health are symbiotic. It's a happy cycle you would do well to be caught up in!
Do what you always wanted to do, at some point in your life. There can come a time when you say enough is enough to the rat race, take a chill pill and enjoy fruits of hard work. All may not be so fortunate. But you never know in what form fortune will greet you, or when. Nor will you appreciate your good fortune until you either stop having it, or can peek into a scenario where what you have is absent. Good times are not all about parties or hard core fun. Good times are about feeling good, whatever it takes! Good times may well include realization.
The bad comes along too. Into every life a little rain must fall. (Hate rain). I strongly feel that if you have enough elements in your life to feel good, bad times can be tided over. They often look like they will never go. But they do. And old Father Time, is a great healer. When things are rough, tell yourself, it cannot last, happiness, peace and joy will caress your cheek once again. It has to happen.
Yes I know there are stories of pathos from start to finish. It is relative, I think. Even the one experiencing that pathos has moments of relative joy, little happinesses, because they may never have seen more. What I see as joy may be seen as something quite miserable by a person in another context and with a different world view. The vice versa is also true. What I view as wretched may be seen as Utopia by another. Every person has some moments that to him are happy, assuming here, that persons I refer to, are of sound mind.
What I want to convey to my readers is, put a premium on happiness, whatever form it may take for the individual. For this you need to think and ponder on what makes you happy, and work on getting that happiness. It can only do good.