It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a given set of ideal conditions will make you happy. Part of this might be down to envy; we see people enjoying a lifestyle that we covet and we assume that all their trials are the fictional, over-blown fabrications of a mind unappreciative of the potential nirvana they occupy. We see celebrities with wealth, fame and time on their hands – resources that could be dedicated to making life great and still the tabloids prove again and again that the Garden of Eden does not smell of roses.
The truth we overlook is that simply having those things that you expect to derive satisfaction and pleasure from is not the same as earning those things. Achievement is hollow without the hard work put into it. That might apply as much to working your ideal job as thriftily saving for those new, overpriced but oh-so-stylish jeans. Those things we strive for we appreciate and it is through true appreciation of what we have, and what we have built for ourselves, that we derive happiness and contentment, however brief.