I was thinking about something I heard recently about the quickest way to unhappiness, and thought I would write a blog on it. Then I thought about how I wanted this blog to always be as positive as possible, so I changed the focus. The phrase I heard was this: "The quickest way to unhappiness is to compare yourself to other people". And if you change it around and say instead "The quickest way to happiness is to not compare yourself to other people", the focus changes immediately. It may or may not be true (happiness is so many different things to people) but nevertheless I like the intention behind it.
I found myself thinking about it in last night's yoga class, when the person next to me (who happens to have very long arms) was able to do a pose that my body just couldn't do (yet!). I thought, "If only my arms were longer, like that person's... Then I would be able to do this pose". Which totally defeats the purpose of yoga - and is a ridiculous notion as that person is 7 inches taller than me, and I'd look pretty odd with much longer arms. Anyway, the point of this is that comparing yourself to others, particularly with things about which you have no control, is pointless and defeating - and like comparing apples and oranges. Instead, how about overlooking what those around you are able to do/say/think/feel and focus on all things you can do/say/think/feel? You might find it liberating and rewarding and enlightening.
Hi, I'm Joanna from Clean Well-Being.
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