Maureen Dowd: Johnny and Amber—Trouble in Paradise

From a New York Times column by Maureen Dowd headlined “Johnny and Amber: Trouble in Paradise”:

Over the years, when I felt twinges of envy, gazing at other people’s glamorous travelogues on Instagram or visiting friends who seemed to have the perfect lives, I summoned these comforting lines:

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

It is a fantastic reminder that people who seem to have it all — looks, talent, money, love — can make themselves miserable, while people who are not blessed with any of those things can be perfectly content. It is within our own power to be happy — or to self-destruct.