It's easy to get caught up in our own drama, dwelling on everything that went bad in our past or fearing everything that could go wrong in the future. It's also very easy to look around us at those who seem to have it all and spend an enormous amount of time comparing ourselves to those people.

When we become consumed with comparing ourselves to those around us something very detrimental can occur. When we spend too much time in constant comparison, the feeling of lack can overcome our lives. We'll start to notice more and more things that others' have that we don't. We can get caught up in this feeling and start to feel like we are not good enough, don't have enough, or will never amount to what others amount to.

So, how do we break this cycle and start to feel good about ourselves and our lives? A not-so-obvious key to happiness is to start appreciating the little things that we have in our lives.

When we start to appreciate the little things our moods can lift, a weight can seem to be lifted off our shoulders and we can start to see life through a different set of lenses.

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Instead of comparing yourself to someone who seems to have it all, start to compare your life to those who have so much less than you. If you compare your life to someone who does not have a house to call their own, you suddenly start to appreciate your house. When you start to compare your life to someone who does not have any family, you start to see your family in a different light. When you start to compare yourself to someone who does not have the ability to walk, you start to appreciate your legs. When you compare yourself to someone who does not have the ability to hear, you start to appreciate your sense of hearing.

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You see, we spend more time comparing ourselves to those who seem to have more than us to those who have less than us. We must start to change who we compare ourselves to. Especially when we are feeling down, it can be helpful to take a few minutes and think about the things and people in our lives that we are thankful for. It's important to concentrate on these things and remind ourselves that not everyone has the blessings that we sometimes neglect to appreciate.

Many times the things that we take for granted others would be happy to experience. No matter what, we always have something to be thankful for.

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I want to recommend an exercise that you can start doing. When you wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed, close your eyes and think about three things that you are thankful for. When you feel the feeling of appreciation, it can literally not only make us feel lighter but also brighten our day.

Concentrating on what we have more than what we don't have has the ability to transform the way we feel.


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