Our expert says:
Lack of things you really need may add to one's unhappiness, but THINGS never ever bring happiness. You genuinely can't buy it. And you've noticed the cycle --- so many people adopt that self-defeating pattern, that if what they do doesn't work, instead of trying a different tactic, they do the same failing thing, but twice as hard or twice as often. Spend every cent on buying stuff, and you would never get happy from that.
Depression could be part of this, as also could be some bad habits of thought and assumption you formed when poor, such as the assumption that wealth and stuff would surely bring happiness.
I believe that Happiness is a by-product, like sawdust --- it arises in the course of doing worthwhile things and having worthwhile relationships, rather than just arriving, on its own, like the dawn !
Sop yes, seeing a shrink especially one doing CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) could help you to make a big difference, and find happiness.
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