Stop looking "over the fence" at what others have. The old saying goes "the grass is greener on the other side" but you have to remember the other saying, "The grass is greenest over the septic tank." Just because someone might seem to have more or better than you doesn't mean they are happier. Inside they may be struggling to keep up the appearance they have "bought" into. Be thankful for what you have and quit worrying about what others have.
Limit your media intake. Every time you watch TV, surf the net or even go to the mall you are hit with advertising telling you to buy buy buy. Sure that new miter saw or pair of shoes might be nice but do you really need it. Ad agencies are paid millions to make you think you need things. Fight back and turn off the media and instead go for a walk or play with the kids. Know the difference between your needs and wants.
Prioritize your life. What is most important to you? Is it your family, church or is it having the biggest TV. If you family or spiritual life is not at the top then you must prioritize them to the top.
Create a budget and stick to it. Use your budget to pay down all your bills and become debt free. Then stay that way. Put money away for rainy days so when things arise the money will be there and you won't need to worry about your financial needs as well as the emergency.
Realize that contentment won't happen over night. Being content is a way of life, a state of mine. It will take time to develop but the more you focus away from things the more you will become content with what you have.In today's world we are bombarded by media and advertising peddling to the latest and greatest things. They make you think that if you don't have it then you are not with the "in" crowd. From the newest flat screen HDTV Blu-Ray player to the latest kitchen gadget how do you keep from going crazy trying to keep up? The answer is to be content with what you have and let the "Joneses" compete with someone else.