Bronze-Thinking Wins in the Game of Happiness
In any game, we pride ourselves on beating out the competition. However, this 'first place' centered thinking can actually work to our disadvantage in the game of happiness. If we focus solely on how we compare to others, we miss out on how we compare to ourselves and become unable to acknowledge our own progress. Naturally, one would think that silver medalists would be happier than bronze; but not so fast. The following article explains how second place winners may still view themselves as losers; that is to say, they ruminate on what they almost accomplished in 'losing' to gold. To be happy, we should consider how many 'wins' we may be ignoring simply by diminishing their significance.
Moral of the story? Brag over your bronze! Counting the monumental steps you've already made toward being the best 'you' may help you recognize that you've been a winner all along.
In addition to the Friday Happiness Post and Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.