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Keeping Up with the Joneses – An Exercise in Futility

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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance

A life of luxury and excess isn’t for everyone. Be happy with what you have, and don’t worry about the possessions of others

A life of luxury and excess isn’t for everyone. Be
happy with what you have, and don’t worry about
the possessions of others

You’re the only one who knows what you need to be happy. You may see a friend’s new car and think it’s nice, but it doesn’t mean you need to run out and find a car that’s nicer. You can appreciate that your brother’s wife is beautiful, but it doesn’t make your wife any less attractive.

The point is, trying to compete with other people will never result in anything good. While it’s natural to feel envious of others at times, you need to look beyond those petty feelings to your own future. Trying to keep up with other people will have you continually playing catch up, and never taking time to enjoy your own life.

Rather than engaging in competition with your neighbors, friends, or enemies, you would be wiser to spend your time working to be a better you. Try to improve on your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Work on your relationships and your career. Chances are, the people you compare yourself too aren’t really any happier than you. In fact, they may be envious of something you have as well.

Even if you don’t have everything you want – yet – remind yourself of what you do have, and be happy within yourself. You can keep working toward your goals, but still be satisfied, even if it’s only temporarily, with what you have right now.

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