Which feeling comes across you more often - gratitude or envy?
By John Welford
October 10, 2015 8:57am CST
This question comes down to deciding the balance between grateful for what you've got and envious of others who've got more than you have. There is also the matter of who you might be grateful to: your parents/family maybe? God? Or maybe you are satisfied with your life to the extent that you envy no-one but do not see much call to express gratitude.
11 people like this
10 Oct 15
I like the feeling of gratitude. I am happy for others who are more fortunate than me but I don't feel envious. I am contented of what I have. I only live a simple life with my family and I am happy with this life. This is my choice. I feel happy of the successes of my friends and relatives. I feel sad for their failures. But there are times that it come into my mind the thought, "what ifs". These thought could not be answered. I haven't tried those thoughts.
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Oct 15
You can have very little and be satisfied, which is contentment. Being envious is not productive. Gratitude is something that must be practiced. I am grateful for what I have, I don't moan (too much) about what I don't have. I don't feel envious of others, because they have other problems I wouldn't want to take on even if they have material things I would like to have myself. I try to be more practical than that. If my feet are cold, I knit myself some socks. And I am grateful to God for the ability to do so and all the free yarn people keep giving me.
• Gaborone, Botswana
6 Nov 15
I'm generally NOT an envious person. But recently, actually this week a friend told us the most amazing news. To my utter horror and frustration, my initial reaction was out and out, ugly envy! It bothered me because the feeling stayed with me for about a day and a half. It was made worse by the fact that I also found it very upsetting that i felt that way, as I believe that my friend and her family deserve everything they're currently enjoying. I hate when I turn into this huge, green eyed monster. It's a nasty feeling.
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12 Oct 15
Or maybe I express gratitude so often that no one HEARS it from me---i.e. because it sounds more like "lip-service" than "honest appreciation." And (I know, I'm "going-off on a tangent" ) it really is 'just lip-service,' because I (at least ... everybody else too, maybe; but I can't say for sure) can only "give to you" LESS THAN has been "given to me"! That's one of the things that's unfortunate about being selfless
• Eugene, Oregon
12 Oct 15
I am thankful, as I have a roof over my head, have a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and have God in my life. That is by far what I am thankful for. I wouldn't be where I am at, if it weren't for God, as he has been beside me all the way. Sure, I have had struggles, as we were never promised that we wouldn't have struggles, but he has promised he would take ust through them.I am very thankful for all that.