Recently my husband shared a statistic with me. Denmark has consistently been named one of the happiest countries on earth, but also has one of the highest suicide rates. This proves true in examining various states in our own country. Utah is ranked the happiest state, but also has an extremely high suicide rate.
Researchers are still doing studies to determine the exact reason for this, but one of the theories I’ve read about indicates that people in misery only feel more miserable when others around them are extremely satisfied.
This theory seems to be a possibility. Suicide and social media envy are growing as people peruse pictures of happy couples, content children, luxury vacations, and so forth on Facebook and Instagram.
Comparison can indeed be a deadly trap.
Thanksgiving is upon us tomorrow. I’m sorry the above comments are so sad and dark, but I want you to take some time to think about what you are grateful for in your life. When we focus too much on our neighbors, our lives can start to look “less than” or unfulfilling. We may never achieve the “success” or status of those near us, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t blessed. And we can never trust our eyes to show us the reality a family experiences. Every family has difficulties in one way or another. I believe it is our attitude that truly separates us, not our bank accounts, physical health, or otherwise.
I’m so thankful for all of you who drop by this blog on occasion. Thanks for your faithfulness. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and remember even in the worst of circumstances, you always have steadfast love available to you.