From: Positively Positive
Are you constantly gauging your success based on others?
Ever feel like you just can’t live up to your older brother’s career?
Are you sometimes embarrassed that a sorority sister seems to be happier and more successful than you?
Mark Twain famously wrote, “Comparison is the death of joy.” We’re constantly told that we should all stop comparing ourselves to others. Sounds great in theory, but how can we do that?
Social comparison has gotten a bad rap. The truth is, comparison is a natural human tendency. It’s one of the ways that we measure ourselves; we try to get a sense of how we are doing against how others are doing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it all depends on how we relate to it.