We live our lives in a one big competition to simply earn money. We all grow up and daydream about becoming successful the right way. We aspire to go to school, become educated, earn a degree, get a career, make money, and last but not least- be happy. In today's day and age, you and I live in a world where something as simple as happiness in somebody's life is mostly measured by the amount of cash he/she has in his/her bank account or how big of a house they have or what make and model their car is. However, are these the factors that decide whether you are happy? Has this era basically brainwashed us to truly believe that our happiness is driven by materialistic items that money really can buy? I'd beg to differ. Sure, money can buy you luxuries like that new convertible or a house in that gated community, but the happiness that comes out of those things lasts only temporarily. In the long run, it cannot buy you long-term happiness.