1) Nothing can make us happy in the future because happiness is a current moment phenomenon.
We think we want to be happy (internal state). But really, we want to feel good about ourselves (ego) as we think that feeling good about ourselves will make us happy (internal state). If fact, we often give up or sacrifice happy moments (internal state) NOW to feel good about ourselves (ego) in the FUTURE.
Happiness is an internal state that changes from moment to moment. In the future, we may experience happiness, but not UNTIL WE GET THERE.
We often try to chase away the moment (internal state). We ignore it, block it, numb it for the promise of a better moment in the future (ego). But if we ignore, block and numb our moments (internal state), we can never really be present. If we aren't present, we will never EXPERIENCE ANYTHING.
WE NEED TO EMBRACE, NOT ERASE OUR INTERNAL STATE.