Question: How does one feel happy when everything in this world tells you not to be?
Answer: I fully agree with you that our present world, all our “values”, lifestyle is making us very unhappy. The general emptiness, depression, anger, mutual hate on display, substance abuse and suicide statistics stand as sharp proof.
Happiness is a collective, positive, emotional impression that is the result of mutually supportive and mutually fulfilling Human relationships. Thus in order to become happy again we need to start rebuilding our societies based on such positive connections.
This will not happen “from above” by those “leaders” who profit from our unhappiness. We have to start building from below, from the grassroots, starting with small, closed circles that can later grow, merge until we reach a positive, critical mass that can change Humanity.