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Why Comparing Yourself to Others Isn't Always Helpful

Posted by Jordan Wilson on Oct 25, 2017 2:39:11 PM

comparing yourself

Comparing ourselves to other people and their situations is human nature. It’s instinct. We began as hunters with predators lurking in the shadows. So our brains involuntarily compare previous situations and their outcomes to current ones. Most of the time this works out to our advantage.

But, everyone’s situation is different. Even people with similar situations might have different personalities, different weaknesses or different strengths. Social media feeds full of constantly positive situations make it terribly hard to be content with your own.

So, is it always helpful or healthy to compare our situations to others? The simple answer is no.

Without realizing it, social media feeds can make you feel inferior and depressed. Seeing those extravagant travel photos on Facebook, or those beautiful happy families, can make your life feel inadequate. But, even those people have the same problem when they use social media.

The opposite happens when you focus on people who have it worse. TLC and any network with a reality show have popularized 'trash TV'. People can watch these anytime to feel better about themselves. Like, at least I don't eat couch cushions. But, this focus can make you stop trying to improve and generally isn’t a good outlook to have about people.

The best approach needs to be a happy balance between people you strive to be like and knowing that you’re still very successful in a lot of ways, ways that are important to you.

Maybe, you want a house with a yard and right now you can only afford a small apartment. The key words here are right now. Because as we all know, situations change. So, really what's the point in stressing about one situation until it affects your health?

To quote Mark Manson (author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"),

“The key to a good life is not giving a f*ck about more; it’s giving a f*ck about less, giving a f*ck about only what is true and immediate and important.”

I'll end with that. Have a great, unique to you, day!


[This blog directly relates to our blog "Listen to Your Gut".]


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