Everyone wants to find true happiness. Some believe that the current world changes like improvements in technology, curing treatment, and amenities outweigh the disadvantages. On the contrary, others believe that these changes bring about more despondent and lonely individuals. From my point of view, people used to have a much more satisfying life because they had a solid emotional bond with their relatives, and they were more neglectful about financial issues.
To begin with, our emotional relationship with our families and relatives is the key to happiness. When people used to visit their relatives on the weekends, they received particular positive energy from them. Those people love them, and they also give this love back to their relatives. On the other hand these days, people do not have enough time to spend with their relatives. For instance, my father was born in a relatively large family with 11 cousins. Every weekend he and his cousins had a party. They danced, played games and had a lot of fun. On the contrary, I have 7 cousins, and we are all busy with the university and jobs in the way that we rarely can visit each other. Most of us live in different cities because of our universities and employments, and we all feel that we are alone. Hence, because of a stronger relationship with relatives, people used to have a better life.
Second, making money is the priority these days. There is a fallacy among the people that true happiness is being rich. If you want to live a much more comfortable life, you need to make more money. Most of our days during the week are spent at work. Even on the weekends, some have part-time jobs to make more money. Our greed for making more money had made us blind in the way that we cannot see the people who love us the most. For example, my uncle is a high-paying manager. Nevertheless, he always seeks for a higher position to make more money. Despite being a competent person, he is constantly irritated because he does not get any raise in his salary despite working on the weekends. Consequently, he is utterly oblivious to his wife, children and assets, and his mere concern is making more money. Therefore, discords and strifes emerge between my uncle and his wife, and none of them are happy with their life. As you can see, financial issues can destroy our true happiness.
To sum up, in the past people lived a happier life along with their relatives because of the strong emotional bond between them. They also were not concerned about monetary issues as much as we are today. Hence, if we need to live a happier life, we should pay more attention to our families and change our minds about true happiness that is definitely not being rich but enjoying our current assets.