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This might be my inner Canadian speaking but in my experience, it is much easier to feel joy when a friend of mine succeeds than envy him.

I feel much happier when people in my social circle are well off and living a great life.

I have also found that helping those around me succeed, whether financially, or personally, usually improves my own quality of life in someway (not always of course).

I also fully agree that one should only compare self to oneself.

After all we are all unique

IMHO happiness is truly achieved when shared :)




> This might be my inner Canadian speaking but in my experience, it is much easier to feel joy when a friend of mine succeeds than envy him.

In my personal experience, I'd say this is a very unique quality to have. Not all friends and family members can be like this.




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