I love when other people share good news, and I’ve always found it puzzling that society refers to this as “bragging.” What’s wrong with talking about our joys and sharing our happiness? If you ask me, nothing. Feel free to ring me when you win the lottery or fall in love – I’m going to want the details.
You know what else? I want to hear about your struggles and hardship, too. People are not meant to go through life alone, and when we share stories of pain, we remind people in similar situations that they are not alone.
Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky at the University of California, Riverside, researches the nature of human happiness, particularly why some people are happier than others, and how we can train ourselves to be more happy in general. She identifies an individual’s response to social comparison as a key factor for determining their personal happiness.
Instead of comparing our differences, let’s celebrate them, and each of us can begin to push each other onward and upward.
And, what’s more, we’ll all be a little happier as a result : )