Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy For You

I was talking with a friend over the weekend about something I have learnt about myself in recent times. I have a measuring stick. It tells me how happy and content I am with my life. How does it work you ask?
Now I know you will automatically think less of me when you read it but there is something wonderful about learning new things about yourself so I am willing to share despite sounding like a horrible person.

Here goes....

When I hear someone share good news with me about something good that has happened to them, my first internal reaction to this let's me know how happy I am with my own life.
I'm not talking about my reaction to the person telling me, I mean my own reaction that I feel inside. If I feel truly, genuinely happy for that person; I know I am happy. This doesn't mean things have to be perfect for me, just that I am in a good place.
If my instinct is any form of jealousy (even a little), I know that there is something in my own life (usually completely unrelated) that I need to work on.
Thankfully, the vast majority of the time I am happy when I hear of the good fortune of others-genuinely happy. So please please please don't hate me and continue to share your good news with me!!!


  1. Joanne who could ever do anything but love you. You are spot on about being in a good place when we rejoice in others achievements. You have so much wisdom and insight and an entertaining way of expressing it. Please please write a book :) lots of love Mum xoxo

  2. I'm sure everyone naturally feels that way when things don't work out as planned. To feel that way only on the off chance is pretty good Jo, it's because even when things don't go perfectly your attitude and outlook are positive enough to feel happy for others still. Plus you're always so selfless and giving anyway. Love and miss you!