Put things into context.
When your life ‘sucks’ it’s likely that your mind has put things out of context. You’ve blown up your problems, and minimized the things you can be grateful for.
In psychology this is called the contrast principle.
The contrast principle affects the way we judge or evaluate things when they are compared with another. If we compare a beach ball and a tennis ball, we will perceive the beach ball to be big and the tennis ball small. But when we compare the beach ball with Saturn, we think of the beach ball as small.
In other words, our judgement and perception is relative.
Nothing displays this principle in a more accurate and fun way than the memes “third world success” and “first world problems.”
Check them out below. Click to enlarge. And enjoy seeing things in a different context.
Here’s what everybody ought to know…
No matter how hard you think you have it, someone else has it worse.
You must gain perspective for your life. Don’t be a first world problem douche bag brat.
This doesn’t mean you should just accept anything and everything in your reality and quit looking to improve yourself, your community, your country, and your world. It simply means you squash your sense of entitlement and expand your reality.