Here are the ways we silently—and secretly—discourage ourselves from doing the things that would make us the happiest.
1. We focus on the positive.
This happens when we spend a lot of time thinking things like, "Our rent is half the market value for this neighborhood! We have free cable! We live in this supercool neighborhood with two parks!" In other words, you, and me, we convince ourselves how happy we are in our current situation (because we are grateful and we do want to be happy), so much so that we don't realize we could be even happier someplace else. Like someplace in a different supercool neighborhood but with equally inexpensive rent...and one more bedroom.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-We-Limit-Ourselves#ixzz41aXHeqwS