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Are you one of those people who struggle to feel satisfied or content with life? It’s easy to be jealous of others or want more — but one of my favorite authors, Byron Katie, says it best: “I love what I have and I love what I don’t have.” Being satisfied doesn’t have to mean everything in your life is perfect — rather, it’s about being able to look past what isn’t perfect and be happy with what you have.

We’re all guilty of feeling jealous or envious of others. It is bound to happen sometimes — we are human, after all — but you will always find someone who has it better than you, so why even bother with the negativity? Don’t waste your time stressing over what someone else has, especially when it comes to materialistic things. The old adage “money doesn’t buy happiness” is true. Getting upset that you don’t have the brand new Louis Vuitton heels the girl in your office has been prancing around in all week, won’t get you the heels for yourself — it will just waste minutes of your day that could be spent thinking about happy things (like how you’re probably going to go home without sore feet because you got to wear your broken-in flats to work instead). So make a deal with yourself to stop all the comparisons — starting today.

Of course it’s important to have goals: Fulfilling goals gives us a much needed sense of satisfaction. But try to always live in the moment. If you’re bogged down by the past or constantly looking forward to the next thing in your future, you will miss what is going on around you in the present. New and exciting opportunities are out there everyday, but you might miss them if you’re still worrying about the interview you bombed yesterday or dreading the trip to the dentist you have next week.

You’ll feel a lot more satisfaction in life if you’re proud of how you choose to live it. Every day I wake up and count my blessings and really appreciate everything life has to offer. By focusing on the positives more than the negatives, you’ll find yourself living a much more satisfied and content life — regardless of how ‘perfect’ it may or may not be. Perfect is kinda boring anyway, isn’t it?

What are some things you do to keep feeling happy and satisfied?

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