These days it’s all about #mondaymotivation, #selfcaresunday, and the like. It’s the overseas holidays, shopping sprees and latest designer wear - all beautifully presented on carefully chosen Instagram feeds. Picture after picture posted for your enjoyment... or jealousy.
Jealousy. It’s a natural emotion to feel. The key is to transforming it into something positive. Human behaviourist Dr John Demartini says rather instead of getting caught up in these emotions, use them as a tool for greater self awareness.
“Rather than just acknowledging those feelings of jealousy, dig a little deeper and try to uncover the root cause,” says Demartini. “This process of discovery is not only the first step toward resolving self-depreciation, but can also help to achieve a more empowered sense of self and a more confident approach to life.”
It’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Wallowing in self pity and envy would be so much easier than digging deeper and deciding how to deal with it. Self-deprecation is much more attractive.
But here’s the thing. It can actually cause you physical pain to feel envious and jealous. According to research published in the Journal Science, envy and physical pain make use of the same regions in the brain.