• Susan J. Leviton

Comparing Yourself to Others

"Comparison is the death of joy." --Mark Twain

If you are frequently on social media, you can probably relate to Mr. Twain's statement. Everyone on social media seems to be more successful, better looking, and having more fun than you are. That's why numerous studies point to a correlation between social media and depression. I see it with my clients--many have told me they've cut back on checking their social media, or even closed accounts, because it was bringing them down.

Funny how we always compare ourselves to those who we deem more successful than ourselves, but never to those who aren't doing as well. No wonder we get depressed! If you really want to measure your success, try comparing yourself to who you were earlier in your life. Have you gained a new skill? Tried something new? Conquered a fear? Have you made any new friends? Or made positive changes in yourself?

There will always be people in the world who are smarter than you or make more money or are better looking. There will also be people who have less than you. Take it from Mark Twain--if you want more joy in your life, stop comparing yourself to others!

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