Schadenfreude is not the word I'm looking for.

Here's some context, I lost $1000 from a scam in cryptocurrency yesterday, but to cope up, I just tell myself, "It's a huge amount of money for me, but hey there are people who lost way more money, people who lost their life savings. It's only $1000."

  • Please show how you would like to use this word. Aug 3 at 18:58
  • It's "minimizing", but I don't think there's a specific term for this type of minimization.
    – Barmar
    Aug 3 at 20:38
  • You cope up?? Never heard that use of cope. Sounds like relativizing to me.
    – Lambie
    Aug 3 at 21:03
  • Yeah, my mistake on that cope up part. I googled it, it seems it should be cope with. :D
    – Glenn
    Aug 4 at 7:34

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The pre-eminent candidate is consolation, with its adjective consolatory

something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better:
$ If it's (of) any consolation (to you), you're not the only one he was nasty to.
I didn't know what to say - I just offered a few words of consolation

$ The second Cambridge example above is relevant to the circumstances in your question - it is consolation resulting from considering another's similar or worse circumstances.

making or intended to make someone who is sad or disappointed feel better

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