Realize and accept that happiness starts within yourself. You are its only source. Nobody else but you can make yourself happy, and nobody but you can take your happiness away from you. You must choose to walk the path of happiness, no matter the external circumstances of your life.
No expensive car, no highly paid job, no jewelry will bring you happiness unless you have manifested happiness from inside yourself. Ask yourself why you would like to have an expensive car. Would you like to have it because the car makes you feel better? Or would you like to have it so that other people can admire you for it because that makes you feel better? Why would you want other people to admire you? Your worth does not depend on the things you own or on what other people think of you.
You are the only person who can assign worth to yourself, not your neighbours, not your boss and not your partner, only you. Even a relationship with your soulmate will not make you happy if you are not happy with yourself and do not value yourself. The relationship will fail unless you learn to accept and love yourself.
Relying on external validation cannot make you happy. Making yourself happy is nobody’s responsibility but your own. And your responsibility is not to make other people happy by living your life the way they think is right for you. Realize and tell yourself that you are good enough. Sit in front of a mirror, tell it yourself every day and do what feels right for you. That which resonates with you is not always what your family or society expect you to do. People will always judge you, no matter what you do, so follow your heart and free yourself from other people’s opinions. Why become a lawyer just because it is a family tradition? It might make your family happy, but you will be miserable. And what happens when you are unhappy? You attract even more negative events. When you are in a bad mood it is much more likely to get involved in an argument with someone else because you are sending out negative vibrations.
So, free yourself of these restraints, be brave, and follow your calling without worrying about others so much. You will feel free and much more confident, which again will boost your level of happiness.