One of our biggest problems is we miss what we don’t have, and are not grateful for what we do.
A person living on the street may be wishing for a simple roof, a person who gets a roof will be happy for a day or two, but then he is too busy wishing he had four walls to be grateful for the roof. Then he will want a real house, then a better house, then even a better house. That seems fair to a point, but at some point, we need to be grateful for what we have. If our goal post for happiness keeps moving, it will never be attained.
Look at those folks in Hollywood for example, those who didn’t already have famous parents often started off as waitresses or other professions that often don’t make much money. They said back then that they would be grateful for a chance to act in a commercial. Well, they got that commercial, but instead of being grateful for more than a day, they got hungry for more and bigger parts. Years down the road they have more than most people ever wished for. Yet they are not happy and not grateful, they frequently ditch their spouses and trade them for a new and “better” model, abuse substances, end up in rehab, or even commit suicide.
Some of these people who should be deliriously happy, are just plain miserable.
I believe that part of their problem is that somewhere along the line they quit being grateful and started being entitled. America in general seems to suffer from a lack of gratitude as well.