Thieves of Joy

Thieves of Joy
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Comparison, upward or downward, steals joy. It makes us envious, jealous, prideful, or arrogant.

Hurry bulldozes joy. Think of the best moments in your life. Were you rushing? Joy doesn't sprint; it walks.

Distraction, though it relieves discomfort temporarily, thwarts joy. It's hard to see the goodness in front of us when we're looking somewhere else.

Expectations unmet, for other people or ourselves, kills joy and rots relationships.

Dissatisfaction with this, here, and now eats away at joy. When more feels like the only way forward, joy is calling us back to enough.