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9 Quotes to Help You Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

June 6th, 2016

They say that comparison is the thief of all joy, and there’s no question that the hours we spend measuring our own life against that of others is time that would be better spent being grateful for what we do have, or even working to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves. Of course, some level of comparison is inevitable, especially in this age of social media when we can observe the dream vacations, seemingly perfect relationships and otherwise fabulous lives of others with a quick scroll through our Instagram feed. I’m as guilty as anyone — no matter how much I want to always be happy when great things happen to others, it can be tough not to weigh our lives against theirs. So what can we do to counteract the comparison game? I think it helps to start each day with gratitude, choose to be present in our everyday lives, limit our social media consumption if necessary, and remind ourselves that we are enough just as we are. Click through the slides for a few of my favorite quotes that help me do each of these, and say goodbye to negative comparisons for good.

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8 Comments under :: 9 Quotes to Help You Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
  1. jeansandatea says:

    What a lovely way to begin a week! Thanks for the positivity.
    XOXO, Amy @ http://www.jeansandatea.com

  2. Kelly says:

    Love those Zen quotes! I am thinking about school, life… where we were taught to compete with others.

  3. Inma says:

    I have always loved that quote by Tina Fey and had the second part (do your thing and don’t care if they like it) written on the blackboard in my kitchen for a long time.

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

  4. beeljo says:

    I think the whole concept of “be yourself” or “do what you like”, while generally positive, can also take on a negative aspect as well in the wrong context. For example, is a murderer being himself or herself when he or she murders? On the contrary, I believe one should strive to copy positive traits that he or she sees in others. The real question shouldn’t be “am I doing better than someone else?” but “am I doing the best that I can?”.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Beeljo you bring up a fascinating point. This reminds me of one of the final scenes in Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco”. If you like this type of conversation, definitely check out that film.

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