Jealous trains of thought lead directly to discontent, hatred, and insecurity. When we allow ourselves to indulge in these type of thoughts we are weakening our sense of self worth. There will always be someone better off than you are in good fortune, financial status, physical appearance, intelligence, or some other trait that you wish you had. This recognition of the fact that people are different, that everyone has their own set of strong points will cause jealousy or envy if you don't balance the recognition that everyone also has their challenges, weaknesses, and personal demons too. The next time you find yourself wishing you were someone else, or could experience their most desirable trait, remind yourself that no one is perfect. The grass isn't greener in their life, unless you are overlooking their weeds.
A healthier way to think about the traits we desire in others is to make a point to work on those traits ourselves, to let them be an inspiration for personal growth. Let your envy turn into admiration.
Be happy, my Friends,
Laura barrette Shannon