Dean Marc Co Posted almost 2 years ago Why do people who have many advantages in life struggle with ongoing happiness whilst others with far less to be happy about are happier? I suppose being "disadvantaged" or "underprivileged " or "marginalized" or etc. allows one to be more attuned to things they should be thankful for. There are no extremes of over-arching rule though. There are always exceptions to the rule from both sides of the fence in anything. Privileged or advantaged folks may or may not be happy/thankful as underprivileged/disadvantaged ones may or may not be miserable. I have seen and experienced very depressing and horrid acts and situations... It just seems to me as I observe and learn from others and as I have experienced personally that when you are down, there is simply more real or potential things to be grateful about. When in the dark, people have more propensity to see even the faintest glimmer. As coupled and interrelated they may be in several perspective. a simple disconnection and qualification between contentment, gratitude, and happiness really helps.