Gratification vs. Happiness
people confuse gratification with happiness because they both give a good experience at the beginning. However, the good feeling from gratification only lasts for the current moment or not as long as happiness. Gratification is anything from outside yourself that make you feel good.
rushing through school to get a diploma and not learn anything will not bring you happiness. A diploma is a piece of paper that is outside of yourself.
Happiness is when you build qualities within you, for example, when you build your self-confidence, self-esteem, kindness, honesty, knowledge, etc. These are qualities that develop within yourself. The stronger these qualities become, the happier you will become.