When can we truly be happy? When we are content.
When can we truly be content? When we think we are better off than those around us. Not just around us physically, but even within our eyesight, whether in-person or online.
We might be super happy. But that friend on Instagram holidaying in Paris looks way more happier. “If only I could be in Paris…”
Our happiness seems to be inextricably linked to the happiness levels of others around us.
But do we really know if they are happy?
As Montesquieu said, “If you only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”