Zubaz, keep doing what you're doing. You're right on the money, and the truth is, as long as you have a basic amount of money, happiness is more important, and more importantly very achievable.
You know the phrase "what you focus on is what you tend to get"? I think you would. Wonders and horrors abound in the world, but gentle happiness is available for a good many people. If you are always looking for bad stuff, you will miss the good stuff. Whereas if you focus on the good stuff, the bad stuff will not go away, but it will become less important, less overwhelming. I think this is one of the great lessons in life.
The media likes to promote fear and power-mongering. But you don't have to listen, and you are able to create gentle and powerful social circles that maximise people's happiness and contentment. And life is truly about the journey, not the destination. But some people just never stop to smell the beautiful roses!
I don't know if anyone's made this quote before, but if not, I make it now. "It's not about the quantity of your experiences, it's about the quality of your experiences." You can have a magical experience that lasts a few seconds and which you always remember. Or you can have drudgery lasting years, with no purpose. Yeah, it's nice to get more time on this earth. But it is not a requirement for true happiness.
(Btw, I'm 31, 32 this year.)