A close friend will help enlighten you and put you on a new path.
Happiness isn't about working yourself into an early grave so that you can buy things that you don't need in order to impress people that you don't know or like. Don't get caught up going round and round in a cycle of endless consumption. It won't bring you the happiness that you seek. It's just a distraction.
When it comes to negotiating the salary for a new job, do it early so that everyone's expectations are on the table.