Few years ago, I remember reading a Buddhist book that talked about temporary state of happiness, and also how to achieve permanent happiness by getting satisfied with most basic things, having a calm mind all time and getting rid of fear: mindfulness + others. I worked hard for like some months but I couldn't keep it up because of my daily tensions/hectic life. This research seems to prove that point http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7502443.stm Money/material objects including having children, getting married cannot increase the level of happiness in your life. And same goes for losing things. Seems like I will start working on mindfulness practices again along with Buddhism way of achieving happiness. Anyone else working/trying to achieve permanent happiness? I don't know if Buddhism is the only discipline that teaches about permanent happiness or even if there is something like permanent happiness. I want to get rid of fear and achieve full mindfulness which seems impossible when I am always dealing with materialistic problems.