"It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we shall make ourselves happy." -- Immanuel Kant
This is not to imply that others can't make us feel good. At the end of the day though, we are the only ones that have control over whether or not we made ourselves happy.
Money makes us feel good too! We can travel to wonderful places that make us smile, or buy shiny things that make us grin.
When I worked at a restaurant we would all chip in a couple bucks for a ticket when the lotto got really high. I knew we wouldn't win, but it was fun to talk about what we would do if we did. We were buying a dream.
What the others didn't know is that I didn't want to win. With that kind of money I would never have to work again. I could really help out all kinds of people all over the world, and that would make me feel fantastic!!
But deep down, no matter how many people I helped, I would have known that I didn't really earn it.
At day's end, only we know if we earned our own happiness or not. It can be retrieved by each of us in a million different ways.
How do you earn yours??