Well, I'm a contrarian. I say it isn't so. Many may not be able to take in Les Mis in New York or go to a professional ball game (given the prices today), but happiness is not out of reach. Robert Darden, in his book Jesus Laughed: the Redemptive Power of Humor, observed that to be truly happy, all that is required is for you to help somebody else, somebody who needs a hand. Christians have been instructed to do so by our own leader, Jesus, who stated that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves (meaning, as gleaned from the parable of the Good Samaritan, to help those who need our help that we can help). As Darden observes:
You want to be happy? Help someone else because you love them, not because they deserve it. The more you're assisting someone less fortunate than yourself, the less time you spend thinking about yourself.
And would it hurt to laugh once and a while as you do so? Nope, in fact, it'll help a lot. Darden states: "Laughter fights the darkness. Laughter says, 'I believe. Despite it all, I believe'."
So, help somebody else, laugh enough to fight back the darkness around you, and live a better life for it. That really doesn't come with much of a price tag ... and I don't think you have to be earning $75,000 or more a year to do it.