Happiness and Comparing Yourself to Others

It is very easy to measure ourselves by those around us and fall into the trap of comparisons. Social media has turned into a “highlight reel” of fantastic experiences and luxury purchases. Timelines and twitter feeds are filled with vacations to Disney World, brand new cars, and run- ins with celebrities. It is easy to see all of these wonderful moments and feel like we aren’t measuring up. Remember, both on social media and in real life, we only see what people want to show us. For every vacation and new puppy, there are travel delays and indoor accidents. Try keeping a gratitude journal of daily things that made you happy. They may not make the highlight reel like running into Robert Downey Jr. (what was he doing in Cary anyways?) but appreciating a good meal or a funny joke from our kids can put us in a better mood than social media ever can.