Give Me the Simple Life: Compare & Despair

Suzanne Amish, Amish Proverbs, Simple Living


I read a study that determined no matter how much money a person makes, he or she will tend to be dissatisfied with income . . . if his or her neighbor is making more.

The author said the comparing mind is an impediment to happiness because there will always be someone who is richer, smarter, or better looking.

For example, the author pointed to professional athletes who complain bitterly about annual salaries in the millions.

Also known as . . . “Compare and Despair.”

Or, to quote far more ancient wisdom than mine,

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house or wife or servants, or ox and donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (Exodus 20:17, NIV).”

Statistically, the Amish seem to have greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives than those in mainstream America. Lower rates of depression, lower rates of suicide.

There must be a correlation between the comparing mind (which the Amish eschew) and a sense of happiness and well-being.


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