Jealousy, envy, hating, whatever you want to call it. It all implies one thing: You don’t value yourself.
Think about it. Those with money or accomplishments weren’t sitting around worried about what someone else had. They believed that they too could achieve their dreams. They didn’t knock their colleagues. They collaborated with the best for even better. No one who values themselves has the need to devalue someone else. Confident people know that no one person is better than anyone else, but that everyone has strengths and even weaknesses to bring to the table.
Unfortunately jealousy is rampant. Social media is laced with nasty comments about celebrities and even non-celebrities. How many actually personally know those people? How many actually deep down wish they could have what those people have? How many could have used that time spent with hatred and negativity doing something better with their lives? Why not just take a neutral stance or be supportive of someone else’s accomplishments? Jealousy is different than preference, however. Certain pop stars (a few quickly come to mind), for example, may do things that annoy us, but even then it’s just something you let roll off your shoulders.
Unless someone personally harms us whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally, there is no reason to hate. Even in those cases, we can choose to forgive and move on and keep people out of our lives.
So how can jealousy affect one’s health? Anytime someone does not value themselves, there is a chance they may not value their health either, and in turn not take care of themselves. A lack of self-appreciation will inevitably show up in different areas of our lives, whether it be relationships, jobs, or our health. Constantly complaining about our health issues or bringing others down because of their healthy lifestyles does nothing to improve our own lives. Having a positive attitude not only creates a stress-free, emotionally/mentally healthy life, but allows us to focus on the measures we can take to create the lives we want.
So anytime you feel jealous, take a step back and try to find out why you don’t believe you have the capability to have or be what you want. Don’t judge these feelings but do find the strength to shift your attitude in that moment. Whatever is within, will inevitably reflect without.