Imagine you are working in a company. You and your colleagues all work the same job. You earn $3,000 but everyone else earns $2,000. Will you be happy?
Now, imagine yourself working in a company but doing the same job, and you earn $4,000 and but your colleagues earn $5,000, will you be happy?
Most people will feel happy in the first scenario and feel unhappy in the second scenario. That’s because in the first scenario, they are earning more than their colleagues. Whereas, in the second scenario, they are earning less than their colleagues.
If they learn to stop comparing with others, they may realize that they are actually earning more for themselves in the second than in the first scenario.
We tend to compare to others when determining our own happiness.
Could we be happier if we base our happiness on our own needs?