If we did not compare, would we be more content? Yes, and hopefully more aware and grateful for what we do have. Envy is a demon but sometimes, it is a motivator.
I speak of comparisons because I am guilty. My house is not Martha Stewart's but I do own this one. My car is old, but it does run. I could list forever the things I envy...and that saddens me when I have so many things for which to be grateful.
I am reminded of a friend, a Veteran who had no legs. It was a beautiful, warm summer's evening as we gathered on the deck with cold drinks to talk. Hubby was complaining about his ingrown toe nail. Our friend politely listened and said, "Do you know how much I would give for an ingrown toenail?"
Sometimes, we just need to be grateful, simply grateful.