Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Theodore Roosevelt said “comparison is the thief of joy,” and science has supported his claim; comparing yourself to others can hurt your self-esteem and lead to depression. There are billions of people in the world with jobs, relationships, houses, possessions, looks, and lives different from our own. There is no way to have it all, and comparing ourselves to others distracts us from the joys and successes of our own lives. There are ways to break the comparison habit. Identify your strengths. Work on fully accepting and embracing yourself; don’t try to be anyone but yourself. Let others inspire you rather than deflate you. If you have people in your life who constantly criticize you or make you feel less-than, try and limit your exposure to them. Spend time with people who celebrate you and make you feel good about yourself. Do the same thing to others in your life. Log off social media. And, perhaps most importantly of all, practice self-compassion.