In today’s fast-paced world, there is an over-emphasis on material possessions. A desire to keep up with the Joneses is a national obsession for many men, women, boys, and girls. Some people desire to have the same material possessions as their friends or neighbors. They fail to realize that some people are in debt and have no idea how they will maintain a delusion of wealth acquired by high-interest credit cards. Jails are filled with men, women, boys, and girls who were more interested in stealing the possessions of others than in being thankful for their gifts and talents. In the ’90s, a bold political analyst told a young politician to focus on the economy if he wanted to be elected. The analyst said, “It’s the economy, Stupid.” The young politician refined his message and focused on the economy, and won the election by a wide margin. The same can be said about happiness; a person must focus on positive relationships with others if happiness is found. Genuine peace and happiness are not found in material possessions that offer only temporary joy and happiness. Instead, it is located in a positive relationship with God and our fellow man.  In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said, “Think on honest, just, pure, and lovely things and are of a good report.” These words were spoken over two thousand years ago, but they are still relevant today. Right thoughts and actions lead to happiness and peace that will last a lifetime. Wrong opinions and actions lead to pain, frustration, and hopelessness. It is better to spend time cultivating one’s gifts and talents rather than lust after the possessions of others.