An article with this title appeared in the WSJ a few weeks ago. I'll list the five rules, but want to focus on one of them.
1. Consider marrying young.
2. Learn how to recognize your soul mate.
3. Eventually stop fretting about fame and fortune
4. Take religion seriously
5. Watch 'Groundhog Day' Repeatedly.
#3 -- The author says, "suppose you arrive at age 40, and you enjoy your work, have found your
soul mate, are raising a couple of terrific kids—and recognize that you
will probably never become either rich or famous." Your 20-something ambitions are probably not going to happen, and you need to accept that with middle-age maturity.
The article includes this quote from David Geffen: "Show me someone who thinks that money buys happiness, and I'll show you someone who has never had a lot of money." I think money can have a positive effect on happiness, but there are fast diminishing returns.
Some people are in a job for the duration.....no ambition to move, no ability to move, or just content in place. I'm always thinking how to parlay my present situation into something better. However, moving up can be risky and stressful. Maybe thinking about the positives in my current situation is healthier than thinking about climbing one or two rungs higher.
Final quote from this article: "Fame and wealth do accomplish something: They cure ambition anxiety. But that's all. It isn't much."