When we compare ourselves to others, it produces either feelings of superiority or inferiority. Neither is beneficial to our sense of well-being.
To make it worse, we compare the worst things we know about ourselves to the best things we know about others. We have plenty of opportunity to do this since social media is filled with the highlight reel of people’s lives. We forget reality. Life can be messy. Relationships can be hard. Pets are adorable but are a lot of work. Product marketing succeeds by convincing us that we will be who we want to be (or better) when we have this product, these clothes, skin care routines, (go ahead and list anything you’ve purchase in the middle of the night….)
We can begin to break the comparison habit by:
Gabby Bernstein sums it up nicely “we are all special and none of us are special”. We are each special in our own right but we are not more special than anyone else.
When we understand this, we lose the need to compare and can gain a greater appreciation for ourselves and others.