Can Gratitude Counteract Envy?

I love this quote by Geoffrey Abert: “Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.” I think it’s true.

As we prepare to give a teleconference on jealousy and envy it strikes me that both of those feelings emerge from a feeling of lack — either I think someone has what I want, or I’m afraid of losing what I think belongs to me. Nether of those are prosperous thoughts.

Maybe the next time I’m envious or jealous of someone else, I can take stock of what I have and appreciate it more. Maybe gratitude is a good antidote to envy.

Your thoughts?

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