I admit, I see the glass half empty on most days. It is probably a quirk of my personality, of my genetic make-up. I would not call myself a pessimist, just someone who way too often sees that I am missing things that other people seem to have in spades. Due to my solitary nature I have few friends. I do not mind, unfortunately books do not talk back to you, and e-books even less!
Comparing oneself to others is not a recipe for happiness, for we are bound to find someone who is better than us, in all sorts of ways. I suppose that to feel good about ourselves we should focus on our shortcomings, and try to be better than we were a year ago. Our only competition should be ourselves. That is the only thing that matters in the end, if we can better ourselves. Trying to best others is really a recipe for unhappiness as we will always want more and crave more. We must be satisfied with what we have, especially if once the necessaries of life have been obtained.