From the outside, we only see the positive side of affluence. We see the amazing house. We see the shiny car. We see the nice clothes. We see the amazing travel.

When we compare those elements on their own to the elements in our own life, we feel a tinge of jealousy. Those elements are better than the elements in our own life in some respects.

The problem is that we’re only seeing the positive side of these elements. These are just little pieces of a larger life.

via Handling Jealousy of Other People’s Affluence – The Simple Dollar.