This strategy applies not only to your physical body but in all cases outside including that of your current job. There are countless others that you can compare yourself to that have much more difficulty. For example, many work for minimum wage that have no benefits and limited work hours. On your way to the office, grabbing that coffee at your local McDonald’s or burger fast food establishment, be grateful that you have a job. So many of them would kill for your “boring” job.
Imagine slaving away standing for long hours over a hot stove making French fries under constant pressure to go faster. This is just one example of the thousands of jobs that would make your job a cakewalk. Even if your job is working at the McDonald’s and slaving away at minimum wage, imagine those in the world who work for even less than you, and who work under even harsher conditions without even a steady “minimum” wage.
Comparing downward even further, picture those working in the African diamond mining sites, who must work for pennies a day sifting through mud, working with machine guns aimed right at their heads lest they move too slowly or try to hide a diamond under their tongues. Imagine making so little money that you starve for food even working day and night. Taking a few minutes out of the day contemplating this will help you whistle your way through your day, no matter how much difficulty your boss gives you or your coworkers make you go through.
A rather cynical quote by a famous cynic Ambrose Bierce defined happiness “as an agreeable sensation arising from the contemplation of the misery of others.” And Gore Vidal wrote, “It is not enough for others to succeed, others must fail.” Now while I don’t advocate yourself becoming a true cynic, there is a truth in these quotes. If you really can see the misery in others’ lives, you will not only become more compassionate and kind-hearted, but you will appreciate your own station in life to a greater extent.