Comparison: The Joy Thief

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Think about all the times you’ve seen the online version of a friend’s relationship; post after post about bouquets sent, romantic planned dates, and overwhelming feelings of love that just cannot be stifled. Or, the times you’ve watched a show or movie depicting the main character dropping everything to pursue their “life’s calling” without being hampered by finances or family obligations. Finally, what about the times when you’ve picked out all your own physical flaws when looking at others at the beach or at the pool?

When comparing ourselves to others, we all tend to fall short.

Comparison literally steals your joy about your own life.

There is always someone out there who does it better, is smarter, is a better parent, is more patient. The list goes on. But what about the things that make you uniquely yourself? The things that others look up to you for? We often minimize our own accomplishments and talents in the light of what we see as overwhelming evidence that we just aren’t as good as everyone else around us. This tends to make us anxious, stressed, and generally unhappy.

Stop comparing yourself to others.

Written by: GROW Staff

Originally published at https://growcounseling.com on October 17, 2022.

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