“We become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon" (Yuval Harari, Homo Deus, 35).
When will you ever accept yourself? color with gladness within the lines of your budget? be at home in your dwelling?
I ask myself these things.
"But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs" (1 Timothy 6: 8-10 ESV).
Awareness, not amounts, is the basis for contentment.