There once was a crow who lived in the forest. He had been absolutely satisfied in life, until one day, he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”

Day after day, the crow would fly to look at the swan. He was so bothered by his thoughts, that one day he expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually...” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw the parrot, which has two colours. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in all of creation.”

The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw the peacock. I have only two colours, but the peacock has multiple colours.”

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see her. After the crowd had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the happiest bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. Everyday I look around me, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird that's not kept in a cage. My friend, looking at you, I have been thinking that with your freedom you are the happiest bird in the world."

Isn't that our problem too? We constantly make unnecessary comparisons with the people around us. He has nicer shoes... She is prettier than me... Their family gets to travel overseas so frequently... These comparisons lead to a vicious cycle of unhappiness, and we slowly lose sight of what has been given us. 

Learn to be happy with what you have been blessed with instead of looking at what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you. Not to say that we do not strive to achieve our wants and desires, but happiness is when we are satisfied with what we have in life without being bitter about what we do not have yet.