Now most of us would be embarrassed to admit to feeling jealous. And most of the time, we wouldn't even realise that we're feeling jealous. But jealousy happens to the best of us, and when it does, it just creeps in, eats away at us and tastes sour. It makes us overreact, misinterpret and assume things. Simply put, jealousy is toxic; it doesn't look good or feel good.
I recently had the good fortune of travelling to the incredibly lush surrounds of the mystical mountain area of Ubud, Indonesia. I'd gone there for a holiday, but it didn't take long for work to creep into my downtime. As I wandered around, I was really struck by all the therapies and treatments on offer for the westerner.
Stand up straight. Smile. Say hello to strangers. Do something kind. Appreciate experiences, not stuff. Say thank you. Set clear, concrete goals. Pay attention to the small daily pleasures. If this sounds like advice your grandmother might give you -she would be right in line with what scientific research has to say about happiness.