Recreation is a necessary part of our lives – we all need it and it seems we never get enough it. When someone else is on the verge of taking off for a fun and recreational place, or if they’re already out there and having a good, relaxing time, we can get pretty envious. We should, too. Envy, being much milder than jealousy, can work to help motivate us toward finishing things we’ve committed to do or to work harder on goals we’ve made to further our interests. A small dose of envy can prod us further along a path we’ve already started down or cause us to create goals that we may not have realized were appropriate and that are directly beneficial to us. Once we realize that something is of direct benefit to us we’ll naturally put more effort into that thing whether it is day-to-day work or the recreation we were envious of in the first place. Envy of a person’s attributes may even be positive and provide you a new friend if presented properly. We must beware of envy morphing into jealousy, however; jealousy is a deterrent to any kind of progress for your mind cannot separate itself from the anger and resentment it feels from the fact that someone else has what you want. Even if you had not realized it or only think you may want what someone else has, it takes you out of yourself and transforms you into another person with new likes, dislikes, and goals, and those not always positive. It’s better to feel some envy than to lose yourself to the tyranny of jealousy. Can you see the positive side to envy?