What are the better ways to describe a happy person -> (meaning someone who has everything he needs) and opposite of that misery (but not quite) -> (meaning someone who is alive but living in hell)

These are the ways a happy person turns his life to living hell.

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    What you've written seems OK to me.
    – Barmar
    Oct 31, 2019 at 2:38

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I'm not sure if this is what you are asking but:

"It is always possible for someone to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory." meaning that it is always possible to make things worse by making the wrong decisions.

You could use is like this:

"It is always possible for someone to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by...[doing this one thing or by doing these specific things]."


"It is always possible for someone with a good life to make it much worse... by making mistakes like this..."


An alternative for saying the same thing would be

These are the ways someone goes from having a contented life to a miserable one

  • I think that's less emphatic than the original (certainly "content" is less emphatic than "happy", aside from the rest of the sentence structure which rather buries "content" and "miserable").
    – Stuart F
    Oct 31, 2019 at 10:31
  • 'Content life' seems a most peculiar juxtaposition. This doesn't seem idiomatic to me at all. '... a contented life', maybe. Oct 31, 2019 at 10:44

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