Envy is an emotion that we all experience at one time or another. I may find myself envying things other couples have, such as more money, more exciting jobs, children, "better" looks, greater apparent happiness, and so on.
When I compare what I have to others though, I often end up unhappy over things in our relationship. I become more disappointed in myself or my SO, and often magnify our imperfections and limitations. The end result is that our relationship becomes more of a struggle to measure up to outside ideals, rather than having happiness that comes from cherishing all the good things we actually have.
Are rich people automatically happy? No - divorce strikes the wealthy as much as it does the poor. If I look closely, I'll probably find that the couples that seem the happiest are those that cherish the simple things we can all have - warm hugs, unexpected soft kisses, sincere compliments, honesty, and true friendship.
Just for Today
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