Juliana Breines is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes for the blog Psych Your Mind, where she wrote a post called Five Ways to ease your envy.
As part of the Happiness 101 series I thought it might be good to look at things that get in the way of our happiness and as one of the deadly sins envy would be high on the list.
In the article Juliana defines envy as a state of desiring something that someone else possesses. It’s a vicious emotion that can crush self-esteem, inspire efforts to undermine others’ successes, or even cause people to lash out violently.
Here are the five ways to ease your way out of be a envious person:
1. Acknowledge envy
2. Recognize that pride is just the flip side of the envy coin
3. Replace envy with compassion
4. Let envy fuel self-improvement—when appropriate
5. Don’t forget to count your own blessings
Juliana concludes that the bottom line on envy is that it drains our happiness and saps our energy.