Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
– Andre Gide
Or, as Teddy Roosevelt put it, “comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s very true for the most part, especially if we are thinking emotionally and not critically. Comparison coupled with logic can be a powerful tool to bring more happiness into your life. However, when we are seeking happiness, too much comparison can leave us with the sense that the grass is greener, either for other, more fortunate people, or for ourselves in the past. Just like most zen thoughts, this one is a reminder to remain in the present. Find happiness where you are, not where you have been.