Compare yours to something worse

My friend was constantly complaining because he was in Florida and there were a string of cloudy days in the 60's. I mentioned that it was 2 degrees in Detroit. This brightened up his day. A recovering addict feeling sad she had lost her driving privileges remembered that she was not without food that day. When shocked or confronted with any bad feeling, be grateful for your problems because it could be worse.


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We can always complain. To feel better, we need to remember that it's acceptable to compare our situation to something worse. Don't feel guilty about that. Use this tool to avoid picking up the first drink, cigarette, food, computer porn site or drug, etc. or to just feel more grateful for your problems.