For us to say that happiness is wealth, we must understand what is happiness.
Is it to possess expensive items?
The rich have all comforts & luxuries, but are not free of anxieties
Is it to be poor? Is it pleasure? In short term it may be one of these or all. But in long term it is none of these.
. The poor struggle for a thin slice of bread. When I eat a sweet my senses feel the pleasure but it does not lead to happiness, because it is temporary.
Then what is happiness? It cannot be explained easily, because what is happiness to me, may be trouble for you. For example the drunkard feels happy in wine which I hate from the core of my heart.
In my opinion there are few things that make our life happy.
The first is health. I hear people saying, "When wealth is lost nothing is lost, when health is lost, something is lost." The loss of health makes us unhappy. The last words of one of the richest men of the world give us the idea of the importance of health. While dying he said, "I shall cheerfully give up my all if I can but enjoy a good meal.'
The second important factor of happiness is peace and contentment. We should remain satisfied with what we have. A contented person never feels jealous of the wealth of others. Freedom from worries and anxieties leads us to happiness. A Sanyasi living on alms he gets is happier than a rich man who rolls in wealth. Satisfaction is life and dissatisfaction is death.
Social service is a third factor of happiness. In order to be happy we must have a spirit of social service. The strong should help the weak, and the rich should help the poor. A great man like Mahathma Gandhi found peace and happiness in the social work.
The religious life is the fourth of happiness. It gives us peace and happiness. Religion is the matter of heart and not of sense. A happy man is he who surrenders himself for inner peace.
Last but not the least is some noble work which gives...