The Myth: We think the finer things in life will make us happy.
The Reality: Most of what makes us happy is pretty prosaic.
From a short, snappy survey on what makes us happy in Psychology Today. Here's a quick quote from the opening paragraph:
... Circumstances under our control (employment, education, money) account for only about 10 to 15 percent of our "subjective well-being," the technical term for how good we judge life to be. Happiness is largely due to personality traits and temperament; the torments or glories of fate don't make a huge difference in how we feel. When it comes to subjective well-being, "you don't get a big bang out of the real world," says Alex Michalos of the University of Northern British Columbia.