I love the truth behind this quote: When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
LET'S TRY TO BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
It's so easy to get caught up in what you don't have, especially when you see other people with what you want. It can be tempting to assume that if they have it, then they're better than us or that somehow their lives are more "perfect" than ours. But this isn't necessarily true! If we focus on what we do have instead of focusing on what we don't have, then we can become happier people who appreciate all the opportunities in front of us. Here are five ways to stop comparing yourself—and start appreciating all your blessings:
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU DON'T.
It's important to focus on what you have, not on what you don't. So instead of wishing that your house were bigger or that your car were newer, try focusing on all the things in your life that make it worth living. You might find that being grateful for what you have is a lot more satisfying than spending time wishing for something else.
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE.
This is one of the most powerful ways to stop comparing yourself. You don't have to worry about what other people are doing, and you shouldn't. People have different lives, with different goals and ambitions. That's okay! What is not okay is comparing your life to someone else's and feeling bad about it because their situation seems better than yours in some way, shape or form. Stop comparing yourself to others because it will only make you feel worse about yourself and the choices that you've made; instead focus on the things that make YOU happy—and maybe ask those around you who love and support you why they love being around YOU so much!
REMEMBER THAT ANY SITUATION IS TEMPORARY.
If you're going through a tough time, it's easy to feel like nothing will ever get better. It's also easy to forget that everything can change in the blink of an eye; when you stop believing in yourself and your life, it's hard to see how anything could ever be different.
But know this: Even if things are hard now, they might not always be this way. Your situation may change at any moment—and if not right away, then someday soon (or later). Things aren't as bad as they seem; they can get better if you want them too!
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE, AND WORK TOWARD YOUR DREAMS.
Make a list of everything you're grateful for. It doesn't have to be anything big, or even related to your personal situation. Just think about all the little things that make you happy, like waking up in the morning and seeing your dog's face (or cat's face if that's what you have), or being able to watch TV on a rainy day.
It's also a good idea to make sure this list has some long-term goals on it as well! When life gets hard, it helps me keep my eyes on something bigger than myself when I write down my dreams and goals. Then I can remember why it's important to stay positive during tough times, instead of letting them drag me down into depression or anxiety land.*
The message I want to deliver is this: it's okay if you're not happy with what you have. However, you don't have to feel bad for it. You can choose how to respond, and there are many ways to make yourself feel better about your situation. As long as we're making a choice that's healthy for ourselves and our relationships with others, then there's nothing wrong with doing something different from what's expected of us by society or family members!
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