the grass is greener on the other side

the grass is always greener (on the other side)

Other people's circumstances or belongings always seem more desirable than one's own. A: "It just seems like they have this perfect life, always traveling and spending time together." B: "Hey, the grass is always greener. I'm sure they have their own problems that no one else can see." The grass is always greener on the other side—the sooner you realize that and stop comparing your life to others', the happier you'll be!
See also: always, grass, greener, other

the ˌgrass is (always) ˈgreener on the other ˈside (of the ˈfence)

(saying) things always seem better in another place, job, etc: She says she would be able to do business better in France, but the grass is always greener on the other side!
See also: grass, greener, on, other, side
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A Bayt press release filler-outer puts that stat down to a "natural tendency to believe the grass is greener on the other side and to continuously seek out new opportunities as the Middle Eastern employment market betters." To some extent that may be true, but Kipp can't help thinking that's being awfully dismissive of an incredibly large statistic.
Sometimes the grass IS greener on the other side. Here at the Brecon Beacons National Park, our environmental credentials almost 'out-green' our breathtaking landscape.
Bosses obviously believe the grass is greener on the other side of the pond as they are re-sodding Croker with produce grown in Scunthorpe.
Elsewhere she gives the impression that the grass is greener on the other side. She cites Southern Africa as an example where social workers are said to have made a major impact on local communities and reconstruction development programs.
PERHAPS thinking the grass is greener on the other side, a herd of horses caused a rush-hour tailback on the A48 today.
Positioned so deeply within its niche, DCA does not think the grass is greener on the other side. "We are not interested in general market accounts.