“All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Jesus Christ.
“The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.” ~ Lao Tzu.
Once your mind gets agitated by thoughts of envy, anger, even simple attraction to another’s possessions and lifestyle, and all violence, your whole body becomes infected and overwhelmed by feelings which bury the truth and love which dwell within you, which stunts your mental elevation and expansion of all love and light; because in this process of covetousness, which sometimes seems harmless, you direct your attention to the exterior and to others, and this distances you from your true self and from the embrace of true happiness living inside you.
The human being then, merely because of his thoughts and choices, falls trap of distractions and ego-centered activities which lead him to all kinds of disguised corruptions; and so, these corruptions, which most of the time seem to happen without his realization, deviate him from his higher goals in life and from the free expression of his own human spirit, such which must always be noble and inspirational to himself and to the world.
This appears to be simple enough to embrace in your own life, but one must always remain vigilant of one’s own mind, care for oneself, and honor oneself. If you watch your mind in silence, then, you will discover how overwhelming thoughts are and how they are always popping up and guiding you to temptation; however, if you do not remain vigilant and observe your own mind, then, this mind will lead you to commit serious mistakes and lose the goodness in you, thus lose yourself and become of a dark character full of envy and greed who only lives for the gain of material things.
The good life is one of inward reflection and analysis, meditation and acceptance; because once you master you inward state, then, your outward state, all the opportunities and economic, societal, and all the rest come to you as the outcome of your inward conquest. Your worst mistake in life would be to believe that by envy and greed, and by ambition and hard work only (all outward projections to the world), you will reach everything you want out of life. First, start from within you, then, with patience life will heed to your inner mastery; second, you will obtain what you seek in the world, it will become yours.
To be truly happy you must become a light unto yourself and unto others, you must keep your mind clear from all agitation and thoughts of envy and anger.