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April 28, 2019 2 min read

Do you ever really want to get in great shape like other people you see on instagram?

You know the feeling. Looking at those models or influencers and thinking, wow i wish i looked like that.Then you click on their profile, start scrolling and continually feel worse about yourself.

Negative Social Comparisons is becoming more common, especially with young people in the age of instagram.

Why do we compare ourselves to others?

Psychologist Leon Festinger believes that our desire to compare ourselves to others is a drive —one almost as powerful as thirst or hunger.

Why you shouldn't compare yourself to others.

1. It is Damaging to your Mental Health

Mark Twain once said that “comparison is the death of joy,” and the science agrees. Research has shown that negative comparisons has resulted in low self confidence, envy, and depression.

2. It is Pointless

Why compare your life to someone's life which is fabricated (to various extents). Nobody posts negative stuff about themselves on social media! You see a tiny percentage of their life. Most of the time, their life is nothing like what is portrayed on social media.

3. It Wastes Time

The time you spend focusing on how your life isn't as good as (insert names') could be spent focusing on the positive in your life and improving the parts you don't like.

4. A Positive Outlook Helps You Improve

Do you ever wake up in a good mood and feel like everything you do is going to succeed? A positive attitude achieves more than you know. Think of the bad as part of the journey, life always has its ups and downs. Normally the most successful people have had the toughest journeys.

An Alternative to Negative Comparison is Temporal Comparison.

Temporal Comparisons is comparing yourself to yourself of yesterday. What have you done to improve? How are you stronger today then you were yesterday?

This train of thought leads that drive in the right direction. The direction of improving yourself with a positive outlook on yourself and your life.

Conclusion

If you want to have a body/lifestyle like that person on instagram then you are already on the wrong path. Instead of focusing on them, focus on yourself. Make the decision yourself. Get in shape if you want to. Focus on improving the you from yesterday. How have you improved since yesterday?


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