In this article from Time they show us that we are actually pretty bad at predicting what will make us happy:
A survey of more than 2,015 people conducted by the British research company Ipsos MORI revealed that people believe the following five factors are most likely to enhance happiness (they are listed in order of importance).
1) More time with family
2) Earning double what I do now
3) Better health
4) More time with friends
5) More traveling
Are they right?
Looking at the research, and sticking with just these five options, the order of importance looks more like this:
1) Better health
2) More time with friends
3) More time with family
4) More traveling
5) Earning double what I do now
Its a really interesting read, click here to read the full article.