Curious Finds on Happiness

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 servantsl, or ox and donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (Exodus 20:17, NIV).”

The reason I am interested in this study is because I am writing an essay about the Amish and happiness. 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.

So how do you quiet the comparing mind…without ‘going Amish’?

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Lindsey says:

    Don’t have neighbors! =)

    Focus on what God has provided and seek contenment!

    Read the book Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Especially the chapter “Never Enough.”

    And then read the book again…and again…..

  2. Lily Ann says:

    As the wise Apostle Paul said,” I have learned to be content in all things”. That, is the “secret” to happiness in this fast “keep up with the neighbors world”. That along with keeping our Lord Jesus truly LORD of our lives!!!

  3. Karen says:

    Travel to a third world country and realize you have too much!!!