There's an old saying, "The grass is always greener on the other side." When I was a little boy and I first heard this said, I was so confused. I went across the yard to look at my neighbor's side of our shared yard ... they were equally green as far as I could tell! In time, however, I learned what the expression really meant: that we tend to always look at what someone else has and feel inadequate for not having it. If you've got a nice bike, you're jealous of your buddy who has the tricked-out Cadillac. That buddy of yours, in turn, is jealous of someone else who has the perfect apartment, and that guy might think his life is incomplete because he doesn't have a soul mate like his other buddy does.
My point is that if you're always measuring your happiness through the things that you don't have and others do, there will always be a reason to be miserable. More of us need to learn to be satisfied with the things that we have, because there's always someone who's better off and there's always someone who's worse off - so just be happy with yourself. Appreciate the little things: literally stop and smell the flowers and look up at the sky in wonder as often as you can, because the best things in life are free.
The video below is a perfect example of why we should always remember that just because someone seems like they're better off than us, that might not always be the reality. As I mentioned earlier, that guy with the huge house may look successful, but he might be miserable that he's in there all alone. In this video, a poor boy is tired of being ridiculed for his beat-up shoes and wishes he could be the rich kid with the perfectly unscuffed sneakers sitting on the bench. His wish is granted, but there's a price - that kid's sneakers were so clean because he's disabled and can't walk. It just goes to show that you've got to be careful what you wish for.
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