I know what you mean...I was on SSI disability for over six years. I learned to accept my circumstances, and was quite content overall. I didn't go hungry, I had a roof over my head, I had a car that ran more often than not, I shopped a lot in thrift stores but was able to dress respectably. Compare that to how most of the people in the world live.
Now that I'm working full-time again (in a disability advocacy NPO part of whose job is making sure 'reasonable accomodation' is enforced, so I can get off for medical stuff as needed) I can have a few more things, do more stuff for my ####, drive a nicer vehicle, have more of a social life, and get to wear a suit every day. A suit? Wait, I said that like it's a good thing (*G*).