Wellness Wednesday: Being Happy For Others

I often find myself at the lake front in awe of the amount of people that detach from the work day to spend a few moments in solitude with the people they appreciate most. This is shown through walks, snuggles, a picnic, a bike ride, field games, and the list can go on. Witnessing so many examples at once brings me so much happiness to see two or more happy people here on this earth because so often we compare ourselves to other’s happiness.

It is human nature to want to see how we measure up in comparison to others — especially if we think that they are better than us or have more of something that we want. Yet the truth is that it is not a good use of time to compare ourselves with others because there is no one like us and this makes us incomparable. It is sometimes almost easier to look externally and feel like we are deficient in comparison to other people rather than taking responsibility for our own progress in a sense of fulfillment of our life purpose.

Instead, if we can accept ourselves, appreciate the qualities that we alone possess, and realize that each of us is going through certain kinds of experiences for a reason, we are less likely focus so much on what other people have or are doing. Realizing and honoring that enables us to bring out the best in ourselves so we can get on with living rather than preoccupying ourselves with meaningless comparisons. If we avoid the urge to compare, it will come clear to what light we bring to the world.



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