Thursday, June 24, 2010

8 ways to deal with Jealousy

I read an excellent article about dealing with Jealousy on the CNN website. It’s by Wendy Atterberry. Let’s face it we all have bouts of jealousy. Dealing with it in a productive way is the key. Otherwise it will eat you alive. There are so many areas of our lives where the green eyed monster can rear its ugly head. For instance the article mentioned if we are having a “fat week” we can be jealous of women with great figures. If we do not like what we see in our closets we can envy women with seemingly effortless style. We can have issues with money, lifestyle, and the career success of others, some days it can seem like everyone is better off than we are. It is important to realize that life is not a competition. Here are 8 ways to deal with “woe is me” when it strikes.

1. Identify exactly what it is you are feeling jealous of.

2. Ask yourself whether/how attaining it really will make you happier and more fulfilled.

3. Determine whether it’s actually possible for you to attain.

4. Find alternative and attainable ways to bring more joy and satisfaction into your life.

5. Make a plan.

6. Celebrate your own unique talents and skills.

7. Acknowledge the work it takes to achieve success.

8. Realize that no one’s life is perfect.

We all have talents and skills. It’s important to recognize these in ourselves to keep us focused on what we have rather than what someone else has. It’s a matter of keeping things in perspective. Make a list of things you can do right now that will enrich your life. You have the power to create joy and fulfillment in your life. It's you that sets that in motion.

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