Here’s the thing. You can have all the major advantages of Western Civilizations (money, democracy, status, jobs, friends, family, education, modern medicine etc.) handed to you on a plate, but until you see them all as blessings, the will never make you happy.
It’s not “stuff” that makes us happy. It how well we see ourselves moving towards our full potential that makes us happy. This is true in relationships, career, health, spiritual matters, education, everything.
We all measure ourselves against this big-ol’ ball of potential we carry around with us. And our lives only have meaning, against how well we honor this.