Unless you’re extremely unlucky, it’s easy to see that life could be worse. This recognition doesn’t make problems go away of course.
But imagine trading places with those who have no one to count on, are on their deathbeds, or are living in cultures where staying alive is an hourly concern.
Imagining this and returning to the present may help us appreciate that if we have any number of friends, any semblance of health, and are not plagued with constant safety concerns, that we are the very definition of lucky.
For most people reading this, there are several hundred million people who would trade places with you without hesitation.