How we may become content

Some antient philosophers have said, that happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances; and that he who cannot be happy in any state, can be so in no state. To be happy, they tell us we must be content. Right. But they do not teach how we may become content. Poor Richard shall give you a short good rule for that. To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don’t deserve to be happy.

-Benjamin Franklin